Pretending or presenting yourself as a police officer in Denver, Arapahoe and Douglas County is a felony crime. Parker police are currently looking for a man who made statements insinuating he was a peace officer after an incident in a fast food restaurant. While no details were given about the type of incident, it was reported that the man then followed some witnesses in his car, activating red and blue flashing lights on his car – as if to pull them over. He pulled next to them and threatened them before driving away. If the man is found, he will be charged with Impersonating a Peace Officer.
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Definition of Impersonating a Police Officer in Jefferson County
The Jefferson County, Colorado law definition of Impersonating a Peace Officer – C.R.S. 18-8-112 – is:
“A person who falsely pretends to be a peace officer and performs an act in that pretended capacity commits impersonating a peace officer.”
Based on the definition, stating alone that you are a police officer is not enough to be charged with this crime. You must do something that an official peace officer would do. For the man above, turning on red and blue flashing lights and acting like he was going to pull someone over would meet the criteria of the statute.
Sentence for Impersonation of a Peace Officer in Adams County
Impersonating a Police Officer is a class 6 felony in Adams and Boulder County. It is punishable by 12 to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $100,000 in fines. It is punished so harshly because police officers hold a position of trust with respect to the community. It is seen as especially dangerous for someone to pretend they have that trusted position.
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