GMP have issued a warning to the public urging them to remain vigilant after reports of people impersonating police officers in Manchester.
The bogus officers, reportedly wearing fake uniforms, have been demanding money from members of the public and issuing them with ‘illegitimate’ fines.
In some instances, the fake officers have searched members of the public and threatened to arrest them.
One of the incidents occurred last Wednesday near to the Etihad Stadium, where a young woman was approached by fake officers who demanded she gave them cash.
Detective Sergeant Jonathan Barnett, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said:
We are aware that this may cause concern to members of the local community but I want to reassure people that we are doing everything possible to trace those responsible. It is important to remember that officers would never demand money to be paid on the spot and if you are given a fixed penalty notice, you will be given a form which explains how to pay and your legal rights.
Mr Barnett also said that officers would never demand money to be paid on the spot and that officers always carry official ID which can be verified by any member of the public by calling 101.
Members of the public have expressed dismay at the news of fake officers patrolling the streets with one Facebook user saying: ‘More low life walking our streets’.
Another added: ‘Really hope you catch them, keep up the good work GMP.’
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 1146, quoting incident number 103 of 30/05/19. Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.