A press release from the Crystal Lake Police:
Crystal Lake Police Investigate Report of Police Impersonation
On June 24th of an alleged crime which had been reported to have occurred within the
City, as indicated on social media.
Information had been posted that police impersonators had conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and had robbed the lone male driver of $100 cash.
An investigation of the incident commenced immediately.
During that investigation an interview with the reported victim in this case was completed.
At the conclusion of the interview it was determined the incident, in fact, had not occurred and appears to have been a miscommunication between the person who posted the incident on social media and the purported victim.
This event, although unfounded, brings to light a need to always keep safety in mind. Crystal Lake Police encourage motorists to do the following when involved in a traffic stop they believe, or suspect to be conducted by police impersonators.
- Always pull over in a well lit area if possible. If not possible, slow your vehicles speed, activate the hazard lights (four-way flashers) and drive to the nearest, safer location.
- Call 911 and ask to verify that the person(s) behind you is in fact a police officer(s) initiating the stop. Request that a fully marked police unit come to the scene if possible.
- Request the officer’s name, badge number, and agency they represent
Crystal Lake Police Department encourages citizens to report all crimes and suspicious incidents. An identified, cooperative witness is always beneficial to investigations, however reports can be sent by text anonymously to “TIP411” (847411) with the keyword “TIPCLPD” within the text.
While social media and present day technology has the ability to disseminate information rapidly, always take into account the validity of the source, and refrain from perpetuating unverified information which may result in public fear, unrest, or distrust, jeopardizing the safety of us all.