Man arrested for posing as police officer

SINGAPORE - The police arrested on Sunday a 32-year-old man who posed as a police officer for cheating by personation.

In a statement on Monday, the police said the man is believed to have identified himself as a police officer to deceive victims into thinking he could help extend their social visit passes.

A 29-year-old female victim made a police report on Sunday at about 1am about her encounter at Smith Street, where the suspect posed as a police officer with a card that resembled a police warrant card. The suspect told her that he could obtain an extension to her social visit pass for $1,050. She gave him $400 as a deposit and had agreed to settle the balance the next day.

After conducting ground checks to establish the suspect's identity, police officers arrested him in an operation at Smith Street on the same day at 11.15pm.

Investigations also showed that the suspect is believed to be involved in other similar cases. He is expected charged in court on Tuesday.

The police also reminded the public to be vigilant and wary of people who may pose as police officers to carry out criminal acts. Members of the public should ask for the officer's warrant card to verify his identity.

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

More information on how to identity police officers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150337396324408.428410.56706....