The Calgary Police Service issued a release on Saturday warning the public that someone has stolen a CPS officer’s uniform, body armour, and badges.
The theft took place on Friday, June 7, according to the release, and it is believed that suspects broke in through a basement window.
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A CPS patrol uniform, a Public Safety Unit uniform (a grey jumpsuit with a CPS crest), CPS police badges, body armour, police and military challenge coins and medals, and a CPS warrant card (picture identification card) were all stolen from the home.
Police have provided photos of the card that was stolen as well as the medals that were taken from the home:
Police are warning citizens to keep the following information in mind if they are approached by CPS officers in the future:
- Almost all Calgary Police Service traffic stops are done in marked vehicles or in unmarked vehicles driven by police officers dressed in full uniform.
- Marked vehicles always have red and blue lights on top, and the Calgary Police Service crest and word “POLICE” on the side. When conducting a traffic stop, the red and blue lights will be flashing, as will the vehicle’s headlights.
- Unmarked vehicles have red and blue flashing lights built into the vehicle’s grill and interior. When conducting a traffic stop, the red and blue lights will be flashing, as will the vehicle’s headlights.
- An officer not wearing a uniform may conduct a traffic stop in an unmarked vehicle, though this is extremely rare. Non-uniformed police officers are required to carry identification at all times (picture ID and a badge) and drivers have the right to ask for that identification.
- If a driver is not sure about a vehicle pulling them over, they should immediately call 911.
- A driver should never exit his or her vehicle during a traffic stop unless they are asked to do so by a police officer.
- When conducting a traffic stop, police officers usually approach the vehicle they have pulled over in a reasonably prompt fashion. They always identify themselves as police officers and they will never demand money.