Lookout for Man Impersonating Police Officer

Cpl. Jerry Neufeld
Cpl. Jerry Neufeld

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - A warning now from Amarillo Police. It comes after a man impersonating a police officer reportedly attempted to pull a Canyon woman over.

The woman reported the incident on December 1st... Saying a man in his 50s turned on a siren and tried to pull her over on the Canyon E-Way, near Hillside.

The woman was suspicious when she didn't see any flashing lights, so she called police to check it out, and APD confirmed there was not an officer in the area pulling anyone over.

After following her for a while, the man eventually turned off the siren and drove away.

APD says this incident is a public safety concern, especially if someone actually does pull over. They're offering a few safety tips if this happens to you.

Cpl. Jerry Neufeld says, "All law enforcement officers carry an identification card as well as a badge. A badge is okay but anybody unfortunately can get their hands on a badge. Ask to see their id. That way you know for sure that they are indeed a law enforcement officer. And if you're still not sure, ask them to have a uniformed officer come meet them."

Another thing to keep in mind is that all legitimate police cars will not only have sirens, but flashing red and blue lights, along with blinking headlights.

If you want to find out if the car attempting to pull you over is really a police officer or not, you should call APD dispatch. That number is 378 - 3038.

Another important thing to remember is to never pull over in an isolated area.