PETALING JAYA: Police impostors have been feeding on the natural respect of the public for authority to carry out a variety of crimes.
Two weeks ago, two bogus traffic policemen were arrested for posing as outriders for a “VIP convoy”.
The duo – a char koay teow seller and a security guard, both aged 36, blared sirens and lights while escorting the convoy of luxury cars to cut their way through rush hour traffic in Jalan Bukit Bintang.
The two were in uniforms similar to that worn by police outriders while their Honda CBX 750 motorcycles had been painted and outfitted to look like police machines.
In another case, a conman who went by the name “Insp Vijay” was arrested in November 2014 in Penang after he cheated several women into having sex and then blackmailing them later.
Police found a police officer’s uniform bearing the rank of a probationary inspector, two toy guns, a pair of handcuffs and a walkie-talkie in his house.
In August 2012, a restaurateur was robbed of RM35,000 by five bogus cops in Tapah.
One of the men who wore a police vest, had instructed the 58-year-old victim to stop his vehicle at a junction in Bidor Tahan on the pretext of inspecting the car which they “believed” to be carrying drugs.
In January 2007, a 39-year-old contractor claiming to be a lance corporal attached to a Special Branch department in Bukit Aman tried to extort the management of a dangdut club and threatened them with legal action for operating beyond stipulated hours.
Wearing a dark blue jacket with “Police” printed on its back, he was arrested by the real police, who had walked in to conduct an anti-vice operation, when he failed to produce his authority card.
Impersonating a police personnel is an offence under Section 170 of the Penal Code that carries a jail term which may extend to two years or a fine or both.
Unlawful possession, manufacture, sale or supply of articles meant for police officers and unauthorised use of the police uniform is an offence under Section 89 of the Police Act 1967 which carries a maximum fine of RM500 or a jail term of up to six months or both.