Arrest for Impersonating a Police Officer
Boise, July 9, 2007 - Boise Police arrested a man Sunday for Impersonating a Police Officer after he allegedly wrote his name as "Officer" on a calling card.
Arrested: Mitchell G. Cope, 19, Boise
Charged: Impersonating a Police Officer (F)
Officers located Cope Sunday after he left a business card in the front door of a home identifying himself as a Boise Police Officer. Cope also left his cell phone number with a neighbor of the home identifying himself as an "Officer". Cope had asked the neighbor to call him if the residents of the home, in the area of Broadway & Pennsylvania, returned. Officers were in to the area on an unrelated call and learned of the impersonation after talking with the neighbor and finding the business card.
"Our community places a huge amount of trust in it's police officers," said Deputy Chief Jim Kerns of the Boise Police Department. "When someone falsely identifies themselves as a police officer, it violates that trust that our police department works very hard to maintain."