Following the tragic events of Nova Scotia, people might be concerned about others imitating and pretending to be police officers. How to spot a fake cop tips have been revealed by a Canadian police force. These strategies could help you feel safer on the roads if you're pulled over.
On April 24, Ontario Provincial Police posted a thread on Twitter about what to do if you're pulled over by an unmarked police car and don't know if the person is actually a cop.
"Slow down, drive in a safe manner to the nearest well-lit, populated area," the OPP said.
However, if it's not possible to do that, these are some tips on what else you can do.
Lock all the doors, pull over safely while still leaving the car running.
If you have a phone, take it out and have it in full view of the person that has pulled you over. After that, call 9-1-1.
Give the dispatcher on the other end of the line your location and express your concern about the situation.
Then you can ask the dispatcher if they've had any communication with an officer about a stop in your area. You can also ask them to relay the concerns to that officer.
As the cop approaches, roll your window down only an inch or less.
Want to know what to do if you're pulled over by an unmarked police car? We have some tips (read the whole thread… https://t.co/l3xWl1TMBC— OPP West Region (@OPP West Region) 1587734028.0
The OPP said you should ask to see the officer's badge and warrant card.
You can also look for inconsistencies in the officer's uniform.
There are strict dress code standards and all uniformed officers wear a police service insignia so that could be a way to tip you off.
All officers should be able to give you the name of their service and detachment, badge number and rank with no problem.
If you're still uncertain about whether the person who pulled you over is a police officer, you can ask them if you can proceed to a more populated area.
If they agree, you can tell the dispatcher where you're going and then drive there.
In the Nova Scotia shooting on April 18 and April 19, the gunman drove a police-like vehicle and wore a police uniform.
A timeline of events provided by the RCMP shows that one of the victims was pulled over by the gunman.