All too easy to impersonate a police officer: national association
OTTAWA -- The Canadian Police Association says it's extremely worrying how easy it is to replicate a convincing police uniform and cruiser, and its president would welcome more government control of law-enforcement gear.
Last weekend a 51-year-old denturist went on a killing spree across Nova Scotia, dressed in what's believed to be an authentic RCMP uniform and driving a mock police cruiser.
Police are still investigating how he acquired the RCMP uniform and such a convincing replica vehicle.
Association president Tom Stamatakis says it's a federal offence to impersonate a police officer, but it's not difficult to do if someone is very intent on it.
Retail stores across the country claim to sell police gear -- including uniforms, gloves and duty belts -- to the public as well as police agencies, for example.
Stamatakis says he believes the more oversight governments can provide to make those items harder to get, the better.
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