Same street name, different state: police move to ease fears about fake officer

BE WARNED: Canobolas Local Area Command acting Inspector Scott Russell said some Orange residents had read a story about a fake police officer who had stopped a female driver in Coronation Street in Queensland and had assumed the incident occurred in Coronation Drive in Orange.

BE WARNED: Canobolas Local Area Command acting Inspector Scott Russell said some Orange residents had read a story about a fake police officer who had stopped a female driver in Coronation Street in Queensland and had assumed the incident occurred in Coronation Drive in Orange.

POLICE are warning drivers to be alert but not alarmed if they are pulled over by an unmarked police car.

Canobolas Local Area Command acting Inspector Scott Russell said some Orange residents had read a story about a fake police officer who had stopped a female driver in Coronation Street in Queensland and had assumed the incident occurred in Coronation Drive in Orange.

Acting Inspector Russell said police were aware of the Orange residents’ concern over the incident and wanted to reassure them it had not occurred in this region.

“There’s been a lot of wrong information going around and some fear spread throughout the community,” he said.

“We wanted to remind people that if they have concerns [when pulled over] they can ask to be presented with police identification.

“People should also know that all police cars, including unmarked police cars, have sirens and blue and red lights.”

Acting Inspector Russell said while there had been reported incidents of people posing as police officers in the region, these incidents had not occurred recently.

On the Canobolas Local Area Command Facebook page police reminded drivers there are certain protocols that occur when police stop drivers.

“When police officers are in plain clothes and they pull a member of the public’s vehicle over, the officer will approach the driver’s side door and the officer will introduce themselves and state what station they are from and at the same time they will produce a police badge and an identification card with their photograph on it,” the Facebook page said.

“Orange Police are requesting the public take notice of this for future reference. If any of the above things are out of place please ring the station on 6363 6399 and report the matter.”

tracey.prisk@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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