Can Anyone Say they are a Law Enforcement Officer?

A recent incident at the Southampton Center has citizens wondering.

Is it legal for a retired law enforcement officer to identify himself as a police officer? 

John Sheveland, a retired law enforcement officer, parking lot on June 27 and identified himself as a police officer.  The man Sheveland approached is an alleged accomplice of a woman who was seen stealing wallets from customers in Raley’s.

According to Lt. Frank Hartig of the , it was not illegal for Sheveland to identify himself as a police officer.  Hartig stressed that any action Sheveland took would be as a citizen and not on behalf of any law enforcement agency.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeff Kauffman of the Solano County District Attorney's office couldn't comment directly on the case Sheveland is involved in but generally agreed with Hartig’s opinion.  “It’s so fact dependent that there is no definitive answer,” said Kauffman.  “Merely presenting yourself improperly could be a crime.”

Kauffman went on to say that it would be more likely that a crime might be committed as a result of someone improperly identifying themselves as law enforcement officers.  For instance, if someone identified themselves as a police officer in order falsely imprison another, then the false imprisonment  would be the crime. 

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"The Black Panther of Poetry" July 15, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Amen brother...PREACH!! For they know not what they say!!
Robert Livesay July 15, 2012 at 03:41 AM
RJ I do agree some what. I do believe it is Liberals. Barney Frank and Chis Dodd to start. Now we have President Obama calling a Mormon a liar. Now Mr. President you just stepped over the line. It is so easy to figure out even Bobby Chuckles has got it.
Babaloo July 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM
when you practice a religion for many years then "convert" to christianity at "the right moment", say anything to get elected, then lie, take millions of dollars and spend it instead of "doing what's right". yeah i believe he called a mormon a liar.
RJ Stewart July 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Dare I call them all liars ( the Mormon & the Mus-tian), even the good intentioned retired LEO, who identified himself to the fleeing perp as a police officer. Yes, 'bert liberals lie and as hard as it is for you to believe so do conservatives. Heck, even I have been known to spin a yarn or two when I felt it would serve my own self interest. The problem is we the people find excuses for not holding our leaders and cops accountable for their transgressions. If only we could return to the good old days when the saint Ron Reagan walked the earth . . just before he convinced Eve to bite the apple.
Robert Livesay July 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM
RJ I believe the big difference is the lack of respect for law enforcement, teachers, corp boss' and anyone in a position of authority. I was taught to respect all adults if I did not my parents were not to happy with me. Are there bad apples in all parts of life. Yes. Politicans, boss', police officiers and for sure parents. If anyone thinks that this so called corp greed has not existed for every they are living in a hole. You hear more about it today because of the internet. It was always there. I do not call it greed I call it success. I also believe most folks are not at all informed. That is because they chose not to and then make blanket statements about corp greed, bad cops, etc. Folks need to start paying attention to what is going on and get off this me me me attitude. It shoiuld we are all part of the solution not the government. How many times have your heard folks say I deserve free education, healthcare and many other things. Then when a safety or fireman retires at between 50/55 cry out loud about their undeserved pension. The only reason they are complaining is because they choose the wrong career. Now they want the government which is the tax payer to support them. It is wrong and I am sorry is a certain wing of the democratic party the Liberal/Socialist that cry the loudest. Both party's have their faults. I do not think they are all liars. I did love President Reagan. I have been a conservative all my life..


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