During a routine traffic violation last Saturday, February 27th, Oak Bay Police observed what appeared to be a police badge hanging from the rearview mirror of a suspect’s Ford Mustang.
The 25-year-old Victoria man was pulled over when he failed to stop at a stop sign on King George Terrace and Beach Drive.
The badge was seized and found to have an inscription saying, “Special Police” with a Greater Victoria Area police agency referred to on the back.
The imitation badge was presented in a manner that would have caused a person to believe it was legitimate, and that the driver could have been a police officer, according to Deputy Chief Mark Fisher.
The suspect modified the badge by adding a VicPD bike reflector on the back of the badge, according to Oak Bay Police.
“At this point in time, we do not have any information to indicate that he was using it for any nefarious purpose,” Deputy Chief Mark Fisher told Victora Buzz in an email statement.
“He says that he bought the badge as part of a Halloween costume. That does not explain why he chose to keep it hanging in his car window 4 months after Halloween had passed.”
Charges are not being considered at this time, contrary to Section 130 (1) (b) of the Criminal Code of Canada offence for falsely representing a public officer.