The Lodi Police Department is asking residents to become familiar with its officers’ uniforms after receiving reports of people possibly impersonating police to collect "up front" fines for violations of novel coronavirus stay at home order directives.

LODI — The Lodi Police Department says it’s received reports of people possibly impersonating officers and trying to collect "up front" fines for violations of novel coronavirus stay-at-home order directives.


Residents were advised to be aware of anyone who claims to be a law enforcement officer asking for money, police officials said in a department Facebook post Monday, adding that no one in the department asks for payment of fines up front.



The impersonator was reportedly wearing a tactical vest, so police officials provided some tips on how people can verify whether the person approaching them is an actual officer.


There are several variations of the Lodi police uniform, but all officers do wear bodycams, name badges, patches depicting the Lodi Police Department logo and have badges that read "Lodi Police," with some of them also having badge numbers, police officials said. Officers also should have no qualms about providing people they contact with their name, agency and badge number.


Officials are urging anyone who is approached and asked to pay fines up front to contact the Lodi Police Department immediately.


"Please be aware during these difficult times of people trying to take advantage of the situation," police officials said. "Be alert, take care of each other, stay safe, and call us if you need assistance."


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