WINNIPEG – A warning from Winnipeg Police today, letting the public know some men are going around telling people they are ‘undercover’.
The service has received multiple reports recently of two men doing this, but they want the public to know the kind of identification an actual officer will have, even if they are plain-clothed.
“All sworn officers are required to carry a badge and a warrant card to identify themselves,” explains Constable Rob Carver. “Officers working but not in uniform will have a Winnipeg Police Service badge affixed to their belt directly in front of their sidearm.”
Carver says an actual officer would not use the term ‘undercover,’ but ‘plain-clothes’ or ‘detective.’
“If I’m in plain-clothes and I’m arresting somebody, I want to identify that I’m a police officer. Often I will have my badge and warrant out.”
Carver wouldn’t get into specifics about what these imposter cops were trying to accomplish by pretending to be officers, but he says these incidents happen every so often across the country.
“It doesn’t happen very commonly in Winnipeg, but it seems to sporadically show up in cities across the country, one or two incidents a year, this is ours I guess,” Carver says. “Is it a joke? Maybe they have targeted somebody they know. Is it a phone recording? I can’t say, I don’t want to speculate.”
If you are ever unsure about somebody, ask to see their identification.