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[ISP] Two Men Reported to be Impersonating Officers
Start Date: 2/11/2012
End Date: 2/11/2012
Entry Description

Hammond, Lake County-The Indiana State Police took a report, earlier this morning, where a female driver was stopped by an unmarked vehicle with two males in dark clothing claiming to be ”State Police.”

Preliminary reports revealed that at approximately 9:30-9:45 am, this morning, Saturday, February 11th, a twenty-eight year-old female was west bound on I-80 (Borman Expressway) near Kennedy Avenue when a black police type vehicle, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria, unknown year used their emergency lights to pull her over.  The female stated the vehicle had a red and blue light mounted in front window and was occupied by a male white and male black both wearing black clothing, clean shaven, with no visible scars or tattoos.  She stated they flashed their “badges” and said they were “State Police.”  They told her vehicle came up suspicious and they wanted to search her vehicle.

They had her exit her vehicle and took money and other personal items from her; when she tried to use her cell phone they took it from her and threw it.  The female noticed when she was outside that the black vehicle’s front passenger tire was rusty, that the windows were not tinted, there was no plate information and no other distinguishing marks.  The men then left in their vehicle.

She later relayed this information to her husband who called us.

We are asking anyone who may have seen this “traffic stop” or unmarked vehicle to please call the Indiana State Police Lowell District at 219-696-6242.  Any information may be important.

The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists that to make a traffic stop in Indiana a officer MUST be either in uniform OR in a marked vehicle.

If an unmarked car does try to stop you and you do not feel safe we suggest you put your hazard lights on to show that you recognize that you are being stopped and drive to a well lit, busy with people area.

Call 911 or your local police and tell them you’re being stopped by an unmarked unit and driver.  Prepare to give them location, description of vehicle, appearance and anything else observed.

If they are police, and you refuse to stop, there will be no DOUBT in your mind within a few minutes if this was legitimate when other units show up.

If you have stopped and realized the driver is not in uniform keep the door locked, roll the window down only enough so he can hear you.  Ask to see his badge and identification and inform him you called 911 and are waiting for a marked police car.  Be polite and explain that you want to cooperate but have to check things out first so you feel safe.

Remember this does not prohibit an officer in a marked police vehicle from making a traffic stop while in civilian attire.

All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Ann Wojas
Phone: (219) 690-0029
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