Man arrested for impersonating CID officer

olice arrested a  32-year-old man suspected of impersonating a Criminal Investigation Department officer.
olice arrested a 32-year-old man suspected of impersonating a Criminal Investigation Department officer. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 32-year-old man suspected of impersonating a police officer has been arrested.

The police received a report on Sunday (Oct 18) morning that a man was posing as a police officer from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Police arrested the suspect at Jurong West Street 41 on Sunday.

He is believed to have approached a group of young people in the area and identified himself as a CID officer to conduct checks on their identity cards and belongings, police said.

If convicted, he could be jailed up to two years and/or fined.

Police advised members of the public to be wary of those who may impersonate police officers. If in doubt, they should request for the police officer's warrant card to verify his identity before complying with the instructions of the officer.

A genuine warrant card will have identification features such as the Police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and identity card number.

If they are still unsure of the person's credibility as a police officer, they should call 999 for assistance.

More information on how to identify and verify the authenticity of a police officer is available here.