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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Police Press Release - Bethlehem Police Investigating Possible Police Impostor

            The Bethlehem Police Department is currently investigating the report of a possible police impostor.  Bethlehem Police are investigating a report from a motorist being stopped by a black Chevrolet sedan on Route 9W in the area of Church Road in Selkirk, on Friday, January 4th around 9:00 PM. The vehicle displayed a red and blue flashing dash light, and had no front license plate.

            The motorist was reportedly stopped for having an insufficient tail light, however, upon examination by the motorist and alleged police officer, the tail light was working properly.  The suspect is described as a white male 25 to 30 years old, thin build, and with a darker complexion.

            Bethlehem Police are requesting anyone who was in this area at the date and time of the incident to contact them with any information.  Bethlehem Police can be contacted at 518-439-9973.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Capital Region Crime Stoppers at www.capitalregioncrimestoppers.com or by downloading the free P3 Tips app to any IOS or Android device.

            The Bethlehem Police Department would also like to take this time to remind motorists that it is legal for unmarked police vehicles to conduct traffic stops in New York State, however there are some safety tips to offer in regards to this:

  • Officers in unmarked vehicles are trained to stop violators in well lit, populated areas if and when possible.
  • Officers in unmarked vehicles are trained to properly identify themselves by displaying appropriate credentials to verify their identity.
  • Officers in unmarked vehicles often request a marked police vehicle to also show up to the location quickly after the traffic stop.
  • Officers in unmarked vehicles will work with motorists to verify their identity and ensure their safety.
  • If a motorist is skeptical of an unmarked vehicle stopping them, they should stop in a well-lit, populated area, and/or call police from their cell phone simultaneously.