Police Imposter Scare Triggered By FBI Agent, Local Detective

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A campus-wide alert warning students and staff to be aware of suspected police imposters was inadvertently sparked by a local detective and a federal agent, according to authorities.

Sacramento State students have been on edge since a female reported that two suspicious men on campus had identified themselves as law enforcement and asked her to follow them to a parking lot, but since they weren’t in uniform, the woman fled.

Campus officers had no idea that the two men were a Sacramento County Sheriff’s detective and an FBI agent. Officials sent out an alert to the entire campus, urging caution and reminding students that the university doesn’t employ plainclothes officers.

With recent reports of crime on campus, the woman’s caution was “appropriate,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s spokesman Jason Ramos.

The FBI doesn’t typically notify local law enforcement of investigations in their area, but Ramos said the Sheriff’s Department tries to give other agencies notice.

“To a certain extent, the ball was dropped,” he said.

Students on campus said they were relieved to hear that the report was a false alarm, but said school officials should have notified them of the rescinded warning.

Sacramento State officials said students should always ask for an official badge if they are stopped by an officer.

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  1. Mace says:

    She should of followed them…they said police was more visable at Sac State…LOL

  2. Uncle Bob says:

    Just a reminder … don’t just rely on a “badge” … ask to see their department identification and make sure you read the name printed. All good LE officers are fine with showing their ID to people they are talking with.

  3. mike says:

    If you are ever in doubt, inform the officer you are contacting the police to verify his/her identity. This is on the sheriff website about being pulled over. You are always allowed to ask for a uniformed officer/marked vehicle before your “full cooperation” is “required” and anyone who isn’t ok with you doing this obviosly doesn’t want the real cops to show up…

    1. mike says:

      Oh one more thing about credentials. I’ve never seen LE credentials so how could I ever know if they are authentic? Don’t rely on a piece of metal and an ID card with some information on it unless you know what they are supposed to look like.

  4. moonlightowl says:

    OK, so they were legitimate. My question is why did they want the woman to follow them and have they caught up with her to do whatever it was they needed to do in the first place? Secondly, what is the FBI doing at Sac State?

    1. NEED SOME UPDATES says:

      I AGREE.. I THINK WE ALL NEED TO KNOW WHAT THE FBI AND SAC POLICE WANTED WITH THE GIRL IN THE FIRST PLACE? THEN MAYBE THIS STORY WOULD MAKE SENSE…OBVIOUSLY ITS GOT TO BE SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT IF WE HAVE THE FBI AT SAC STATE!!

  5. rmcsticks says:

    just what you need to hear is that law inforcement is still acting like 6 year olds who want the sand box all to themselfs. when will they learn to talk to each other and get the job done instead of wanting the pat on the back just for thereself.

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