Another security officer arrested for impersonating police www.privateofficer.com
Atlanta Georgia November 29, 2007
In the past three weeks an alarming number of private security officers have been arrested for criminal impersonation of a police officer in various parts of the country.
At least 6 different cases have popped up including one where a university security officer made a traffic stop well off campus property and implied that he was a police officer.
As private security agents, we may investigate and detain and in some states make a citizen’s arrest when a crime has been committed in our presence just like any other citizen. But many security officers cross the line and make traffic stops, detain people without lawful cause which equates to kidnapping, use excessive force and do a lot of crazy things that give private security a bad name!
If you’re undertrained or not trained at all and don’t know what your duties, scope of authority and rights are, please contact our office, The National Association of Private Officers and we will gladly send you a free training manual! You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the lastest crazy act of a security officer;
BENSALEM PA. – Harry V. Hackert allegedly did what no real cop would ever do: He used his Ford Explorer rigged with lights and sirens to pull over someone and then waved a loaded gun in the driver’s face while screaming.
Turned out that a real cop was down the street, watching Hackert’s entire act with his video camera, police said.
Hackert, a 50-year-old security guard who lives in Bensalem’s Regency Apar-tments on Brown Avenue, was charged on Monday with impersonating a police officer, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of two years in jail, police said.
Hackert might have pretended to be a cop before, police said. A similar complaint was made recently by a woman who was pulled over but that man was never caught, police said. Police are encouraging anyone with a similar experience to call Bensalem detectives at 215-633-3671.
According to court documents: Hackert was driving his Explorer when he went through a red light at Knights and Street roads and then activated his lights and sirens before he “pulled over” another vehicle. Hackert walked up to the car with a loaded .38-caliber pistol, a gun preferred by police decades ago, and yelled at the driver. At that point, Bensalem officer Ray Forcina approached Hackert, who put the gun registered to him in a holster hanging from his belt. Hackert was then arrested.
Hackert told Forcina that he worked for the Delaware County Department of Corrections, which proved to be untrue, police said. Hackert actually works for a private security firm.
Hackert made a genuine effort to look like a cop. Besides the lights and sirens, he had a fake badge that appeared to be issued by the Philadelphia Police Department. It even had a strip of black tape across it to look like the bands police stretch across their badges to signify the death of a police officer, police said.
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