Spokane Police Investigating Officer Impersonation

Officer Joshua Laiva #1231


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 3:51 p.m.


Spokane Police Investigate Officer Impersonation in North Spokane.

Spokane Police are investigating a report from the 4600 block of N. Addison St., where two males entered a house claiming to be City Police Officers. The incident occurred on September 29, 2017 during midday hours where two white males, one in his 50’s wearing slacks and a button up shirt, and one in his 30’s with a plaid shirt and jeans, attempted to pass themselves off as Police Officers to enter into a residence. One of the males displayed a wallet with a flip out badge, and informed the homeowner of recent burglaries in the area. The suspicious male asked to enter the house to look around, and the homeowner allowed them to enter. Once inside the males walked around, and one took notes. They left after several minutes, but did attempt contact at other houses in the area.

Spokane Police would like to remind the public that when acting in an official capacity, Officers and Detectives will routinely display a badge and have an identification card available upon request. Uniformed Officers will display the city patches on both arms, wearing either a jump suit or wool style uniform. Detectives and Plain Clothes Officers will display the Spokane Police badge along with an identification card. Spokane Police Officers will not come to your house and simply ask to “look around.” Spokane Police Officers can respond to your residence to complete a safety check, however that is only upon your request. All of the Patrol Officers have GPS in their vehicles which update the dispatchers with their locations. If you ever have any question as to the legitimacy of the Police Officers you have contact with please call Crime Check at (509)456-2233.

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