Grande Prairie RCMP investigate peace officer impersonation – UPDATE, Charges laid

Grande Prairie, Alberta – An18-year-old male from Grande Prairie is facing one count of personating a peace officer after a complaint was received on the evening of Oct. 29, 2021.

Thanks to information received from the public, Grande Prairie RCMP were able to further their investigation locating the suspect vehicle and arresting the suspect.

The 18-year-old male has been released from custody to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Nov. 24, 2021.

The relationship between the RCMP and the members of our communities is a partnership. Residents are the eyes and ears of their communities and RCMP would like to thank the public for assistance in this incident and for continued reporting of suspicious activity.

Background

Grande Prairie, Alberta – On Oct. 29, 2021 at approximately 9:45 p.m. Grande Prairie RCMP received a call regarding an incident involving an individual who was believed to be impersonating a police officer.

The complainant reported that after turning westbound onto 116 Avenue from 92 Street an older model white Ford Explorer, turned on red and blue LED flashing lights on the dash board of the vehicle. After pulling to the side of the road an adult male suspect approached the driver side of the vehicle and reportedly told the driver it was joke. The complainant then drove away. The male suspect followed the complainant for a short time before turning northbound onto Lakeland Drive.

The male suspect is described as:

· Dark complexion

· Approximately 18-20 years old

· Tall athletic build

· Wearing a short sleeve uniform shirt with a police badge on a gold chain

Peace Officer Impersonation
Peace Officer Impersonation

Citizens are reminded that they can request identification from anyone identifying themselves as a police officer. When doing so, citizens can request to see the officer’s police badge as well as a police photo identification card which includes a photo of the officer, their name, date of birth and badge number. Citizens can also call the police non-emergency number to verify an officer’s identity.

Grande Prairie RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident. Please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Grande Prairie RCMP

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