Impersonating an Officer

The Morristown Police Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for individuals impersonating police officers.

Recent reports from Hedrick Street and W. Charles Street state that a white male has been identifying himself as a police officer to unsuspecting residents.  Witnesses indicate the unknown male was wearing what appeared to be a badge and a gun.  

In one incidence, an unknown male suspect standing approximately 5’00” tall, was allowed into a residence. The suspect was wearing what appeared to be a badge on his waistband.  After looking around the residence, he frisked the victim and asked for identity documents and cash.  Once he had the items in hand, he fled the residence in a 2005 4-door gray sedan.

In another incidence, an unknown male suspect wearing a gun and badge came to a residence in a two-door cream-colored GMC Sierra asking if a certain individual was present.  Upon learning the individual was not at the residence, the suspect frisked a victim and fled with the victim’s wallet.  The suspect in this incident stood approximately 5’05” tall with a muscular build, buzz-cut hair, clean shaven, and appeared to be between 35 to 38 years of age.  He is described as having a red tattoo on his right hand and forearm.  He was in possession of a police-style radio with an earpiece, handcuffs, and a black handgun inside his back waistband. 

Morristown Police Department officials encourage residents to contact the Hamblen County Dispatch Center at 423-585-2701 if they believe someone they have encountered is impersonating a police officer.  Dispatchers are aware of all police activity and can quickly verify the identity of officers with the Morristown Police Department.

Phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.