Kamloops Mounties are seeking witnesses in connection with an investigation into allegations of police impersonation.
On Friday (May 28), police executed a search warrant in connection with the probe.
Const. Crystal Evelyn said that, to help further the investigation, police are asking anyone who may have reported a suspicious occurrence involving a potential police impersonator, or who had any interaction with a vehicle or person they suspected or knew was impersonating a police officer, to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-16419.
“Even if that interaction occurred several years ago, if you feel someone approached you or pulled you over, but it wasn’t quite clear if they were in law enforcement, or if they indicated they were a police officer, but something felt suspicious about the interaction, please contact us as soon as possible,” Evelyn said, noting the local detachment is aware of other reports in the province involving police impersonation.
“These reports are very concerning and we treat these allegations very seriously to help ensure public safety is not compromised by police impersonators,” Insp. Jeff Pelley added.
Anyone outfitting a vehicle or dressing in a manner that could make the public think they are a police officer may be investigated under Section 130 of the Criminal Code, which includes a penalty of up to five years in prison if convicted.