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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Impersonating police Sunshine Coast

Police are investigating an incident in which a vehicle displaying red and blue flashing lights pulled over a motorist on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday night.

At 7.30pm on March 8, a late model maroon commodore sedan with flashing red and blue lights on the dash board intercepted a motorist on Sunshine Beach Drive.

A man got out of the vehicle, approached the driver and asked for his driver’s license.

Due to the late model vehicle and the man’s demeanour, the motorists became suspicious of the man and asked for his identification at which time the man returned to his vehicle and drove away.

Police believe that at no time did the man identify himself as a police officer and no one was injured in the incident.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of a slim build and in his 30s and was wearing jeans and a polo shirt at the time of the incident.

Anyone who has information which may assist in this investigation are asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or call their local station.

Any motorist who believes the unmarked vehicle attempting to intercept them is not a police vehicle is urged to contact local police or if they fear for their safety to call Triple Zero (000), to verify the identity of the vehicle or the person.

Should a motorist find themselves in this situation they can:

  • Stop at a place they feel safe, such as a well lit area or an area with other people;
  • Keep their doors locked and windows closed;
  • Request to see the person’s police identification; and
  • Advise the person they are calling police to verify their identity.

All on duty police officers, whether in plain clothes or uniform, are required to carry official QPS identification, comprising a metal QPS badge and an identification card, complete with the officer’s name, registered number and photograph. A member of the public may ask to view an officer’s QPS identification to verify the officer’s credentials and can contact local police to verify an officer’s details.