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.

Fort Worth Police Department Honor Code

I will respectfully serve the citizens of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Police Department. I will dedicate myself to the protection of life, property, and our public trust. My integrity, character, and courage will be above reproach, and I will accept no less from other members of our department.