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KBI says people have been impersonating officers, pulling others over to make sure they are “essential”

Authorities are investigating a spike in people impersonating law enforcement officers in Kansas.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Friday that it has identified about 10 reports of suspected law enforcement impersonations in the past several weeks in multiple counties. There have no reports of injuries or thefts.

The KBI says that the impersonator often questions whether the driver’s travel is “essential,” or asks for workplace documentation.  The Kansas stay-at-home order doesn’t require people to carry or a letter, identification card, or other paper proving they are allowed to leave their home.

The KBI says people who are concerned they are the target of an impersonator should slow down, activate their hazard lights, and call 911 to confirm it is a legitimate law enforcement stop.

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