OLATHE, Kan. – Kansas law enforcement agencies are on alert after a second apparent incident of an officer impostor is reported this month. This latest incident happened in Southern Kansas. But it has agencies all across the state on the look-out.
“They’re criminals. They’re out there doing things making people feel unsafe about their police,” said Lt. Kenneth Woods, with the Kansas State Highway Patrol.
Woods says a man claims he was pulled over in Kingman County in southern Kansas. The victim claims a white man driving a white Crown Victoria, with a light bar and the words “Highway State Trooper” on the driver’s side had what looked like a gun.
He handcuffed the victim and searched his car for up to 15 minutes before releasing him.
“Definitely being pulled out of your car and searched for no reason and being let go without any type of warning or ticket or, any reasoning, is not reasonable,” Woods said.
The highway patrol is investigating this latest incident but they’re also assisting the Osawatomie Police Department in another incident where a woman says she was pulled over by a man with a similar description, driving a similar car earlier this month.
That woman says she was sexually assaulted during that stop.
Woods said to keep yourself out of these situations, become familiar with what your local and state agencies look like. He said look for legitimate uniforms with official patches. Also look for a full light bar, a set of dash lights or headlights that alternate and official markings on the car.
“Most of these people that are impersonating police men, they don’t have the full markings that normal patrol cars do,” he said.
Finally, Woods said you can also dial *47, if you’re on the highway, or *KTA, for the turnpike.
The dispatcher can verify if it is a real stop. You can also dial 911.
It”s unclear if these two incidents are related, but the highway patrol says it, and the other agencies are taking these cases very seriously and warns officers are always looking for impersonators.