Town of Floyd- The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is currently warning the public to be alert for suspicious activity, following claims of two people who were apparently pretending to be police officers in the town of Floyd.
At around 9:25 p.m. Monday night, a woman reported that she had been pulled over by a vehicle that had red and blue emergency lights in the grill on the East Floyd Road. According to the woman’s testimony, a male, around 30-40 years-of-age, stepped out of the dark colored Crown Victoria, approached her vehicle and requested to see her driver’s license. The man was wearing a gray police uniform and a purple tie, the woman said.
About ten-minutes later, the man returned and demanded the woman to step out of her car, she said. As she stepped out of the vehicle, the woman said she observed a second man, who she described to be 20-30 years-of-age, was Hispanic and was also wearing a gray police uniform. According further to the woman’s testimony, she was informed that her vehicle was going to be searched. When the second man finished his search, the woman was handed back her driver’s license and was told she was free to go.
While speaking with investigators, the woman noted how the Crown Victoria, a type of car that was widely used by law enforcement over recent years, had a push bar on the front and the emergency lights were only located in the grill. After checking with surrounding area police agencies, investigators were unable to match the suspicious car with any local department, or with the New York State Police. In response to this incident, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement:
"Motorists are reminded that unmarked police cars do exist, but there is some suspicion to them. If an unmarked car flashes its lights or try’s to signal you to pull over and you are unsure if it is a legitimate law enforcement officer, there are a few things that you can do. Wait until you get to a lighted or busy area such as a gas station or business area. Call 911 to let them know that you are being followed by an unmarked police car and that you plan on pulling over as soon as you can safely do so. Give the dispatcher the make, model and color of the car following you along with a license plate if possible. Try and signal that you have acknowledged the request to stop and indicate the action you are taking, ie: put your flashers on or signal by pointing from the driver side window. Don’t drive off at a high rate of speed and make the police think you are trying to get away. Keep your doors locked until you are sure that it is the police and have your cell phone at hand just in case. You can also ask to see police identification such as police ID which should include a name, photograph and police agency. You can except the ID through the mostly closed window until you are satisfied that it is fact a legitimate police officer."