A man pretending to be a Metro Police officer pulled a woman over in the middle of the night, but she noticed something was off, and thankfully she did because Allen Isaacson was later arrested for the false impersonation of a public officer and kidnapping.
Everything unfolded Tuesday around midnight near Sunset and Fort Apache in the southwest part of the valley.
Police say Issacson was impersonating a police officer when he flashed red and blue lights to pull a woman over last week.
“If the case arises where you don’t believe this individual is a police officer, ask them for their ID first,” said Metro Police Spokesperson Officer Larry Hadfield.
Officer Hadfield says that’s exactly what the woman in this case did.
Hadfield says all Metro Police officers have an I.D. card with a reflective I.D. number on it.
“If you don’t believe it from there, ask for a marked patrol vehicle,” Officer Hadfield said.
At that point, Hadfield says it’s important to watch for how the person responds.
“An actual officer will be more along the lines of okay you’re going to be waiting here, versus someone who is impersonating may come back and just leave the scene,” said Officer Hadfield.
Another point of interest: Issacson was driving a red/maroon vehicle. But, police say it’s important to remember that for simple traffic violations, you’ll be pulled over by one of their marked cars. Their unmarked cars are used only in extreme circumstances.”
“In most cases when an undercover vehicle or an unmarked vehicle pulls you over, you are committing a violation that constitutes some sort of public safety issue,” Officer Hadfield said.
Public safety violations include drunk driving or excessive speeding.
Retired FBI supervisor and security expert Dave Sheppard says while these incidents are rare, they happen at night, so drivers should do the following:
“You look for an area to go that is well lit up, so you can see somebody that’s getting out of the car if you’re not really sure if that’s the right person or not,” Shepard said. “Then you can call law enforcement, or even if that person’s behind him, he can actually drive to the nearest law enforcement facility.”
“Impersonating a police officer is not a common issue; a traffic violation and an officer pulling you over is,” Officer Hadfield said. “So, I would err on caution and say pull over.”
Side Note: Police vehicles that are no longer being used are stripped of their decal, the interior equipment is removed, and then they’re auctioned off.
As for old police uniforms, they are usually destroyed.