Impersonating a Police Officer

Fort Worth police officers know and are aware that pulling over a vehicle in an unmarked car while in plain clothes can present many challenges; therefore, it is not recommended.  If you feel that the person is not a bona fide officer, call 9-1-1 and ask dispatch to verify. Ask to see all credentials (badge and commission card which contains a pic and thumb print) and you can request a supervisor to either call you or come to your location.

Look for these clues for imposters:

  • Uniform pants does not match uniform shirt
  • Uniform shirt does not have patches, silver or gold buttons, epaulets on shoulders, pins on collar
  • Impersonator does not have utility belt with firearm, magazine pouch, baton, handcuff case, radio, etc...
  • No identification, police commission card, or badge
  • Vehicle is not marked and does not have red and blue flashing lights
  • Extreme nervousness on the part of the impersonator when speaking
  • Does not introduce themselves or agency
  • Asks for inappropriate information or makes inappropriate requests

In cases where these clues are present please call 9-1-1 if in danger or the non-emergency number (817) 392-4222 for verification and to request a supervisor.  Impersonating a police officer is a serious offense and will be aggressively enforced and prosecuted.

Did You Know?

The Fort Worth Police Department has achieved "Recognized" status from the Texas Police Chief's Association Recognition Program. The practices cover various aspects of law enforcement: use of force, protection of citizen rights, pursuits, property and evidence management, and patrol and investigative operations.

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