FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

DrugTest 5000 - Draeger Safety Diagnostics Inc
In the past, roadside drug screening has been difficult because it involved the...

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

No upcoming webinars scheduled

Top News

Man Charged with Impersonating Officer After Calling for Backup

November 14, 2003  | 

An Ohio man showed his badge and pulled over a driver who he says cut him off and then gestured obscenely at him, documents show. But authorities say the man who claimed to be a U.S. marshal and radioed local police for backup is not and never has been in law enforcement.

Donald Sebastian, 54, of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, has been charged with impersonating a federal agent.

“Who would call for backup?” says U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot. “That is what’s so strange.”

Sebastian, who has a criminal record with 29 arrests since 1975, told investigators, “It made me feel special to put on the marshal’s uniform, even though I couldn’t function as one.” The man’s home contained clothing and business cards that identified him as a marshal. He said posing as a federal officer was his “way of giving back to the community.”

After pulling over a car driven by Douglas Richards, 22, in Strongsville, Sebastian called the Strongsville PD for backup and kept Richards there until an officer arrived, documents show. Sebastian identified himself as a canine officer with the marshal’s service, gave the officer the details of the stop, and drove away. When Strongsville officers called the marshal’s service to follow up, they were told the service doesn’t have a canine officer.

Request more info about this product / service / company


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Imtradex to Announce New Discreet Communication Tools for Law Enforcement
OnGuard-Solutions from Imtradex allow for absolutely interference-free covert...
California Sheriff's Department Expands Facial Recognition Program to 500 Officers
Vigilant Solutions announced today that the Sacramento County (CA) Sheriff's Department is...
OPS Public Safety Introduces FIU Combo Radio Drawer Unit
Keeping your radio equipment from overheating is very important. The new vented FIU Combo...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine