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Reports of police impersonators stopping drivers during coronavirus stay-at-home order emerge

Kevin Lytle
Fort Collins Coloradoan
Published 5:36 PM EDT Mar 28, 2020

Reports have emerged of police impersonators stopping drivers during the Colorado coronavirus stay-at-home order.

The town of Windsor tweeted Saturday, warning residents of incidents on the Front Range where impersonators stop drivers and ask for essential travel documents. The Denver Post reported on an incident in Aurora where a female driver was stopped by a man in a dark uniform, but without a badge. 

Travel documents are not a requirement of the state or county order, and Northern Colorado law enforcement agencies have said they are not pulling drivers over solely to ask where they’re going or demand documentation.

“Police officers are not altering patrol operations in response to the public health order,” Fort Collins Police Services spokesperson Kate Kimble told the Coloradoan in an email. “If officers happen to observe obvious public health order violations (i.e. group gatherings), they will take an educational approach to gain cooperation whenever possible. We are relying on our residents to take these provisions seriously for the health of everyone in our community.”

Police: We won’t pull you over just to enforce Larimer County’s stay-at-home order

Fort Collins police said they’re not aware of any direct reports regarding police impersonators recently.

If you believe that you are being stopped by a police impersonator call 911. Give the dispatcher as many details as possible.

The penalty for violating the stay-at-home order is a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail. But Fort Collins Police Services and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office plan to take an education-first approach to enforcing the order, which took effect Thursday and continues through April 17.

If you have questions or concerns about a possible violation of the stay-at-home order, call 970-498-5500 or text 970-999-1770. Don’t call 911.

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