posted on Oct, 9 2009 @ 05:02 PM
Police impersonation is an act of falsely portraying onself as a member of the police, for the purpose of deception. In the vast majority of countries
the practice is illegal, and carries a custodial sentence.
Impersonating a police officer is sometimes committed in order to assert police-like authority in order to commit a crime. Posing as a police officer
enables the offender to legitimise the appearance of an illegal act, such as; breaking and entry, making a traffic stop, or detaining.
Dressing up as a police officer in costume, or pretending to be a police officer for the purpose of play or a harmless prank toward an acquaintance is
generally not considered a crime, provided that those involved recognize the imposter is not a real police officer, and the imposter is not trying to
deceive those involved into thinking he/she is.