I'm wearing my dad's uniform - suspected police impersonator to real cops

2015-11-04 18:37
The alleged police impersonator after she had been arrested. (photo supplied)

The alleged police impersonator after she had been arrested. (photo supplied)

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Durban – The uniform does not always maketh the police officer, a Durban woman learned when she was spotted by real police on patrol on Tuesday.

Now, instead of earning her stripes, she has earned herself a charge of impersonating a police officer.

While on patrol in the city, the Durban Central Field Unit spotted the 28-year-old female in full SAPS uniform walking down Victoria Street.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane on Wednesday said alert officers approached the "suspicious-looking woman" and asked her if she was really a police officer.

"She failed to answer and failed to produce an appointment certificate. She then mentioned that she was a volunteer and that the uniform she was wearing belonged to her father, who was a police officer."

She was then taken to the Durban Central police station where she was formally charged.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended police for the arrest.

"Law enforcement impersonators are creating an untrustworthy relationship between police and the public, therefore they shall be dealt with by the full might of the law. We will investigate and see if she was not involved in any crimes in the province," she said.

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