My daily driver is an ex-cop P71 Crown Victoria, so the reactions of other drivers (not to mention the gentlemen who tend to hang around East Oakland corner liquor stores) let me know that it's pretty easy to resemble a member of the law enforcement community without even trying. However, this Long Island man was trying, and not just with the police vehicle or even the mail-order badges- he set himself up in his own police station. And it goes without saying that he was willing to accept fines for traffic violations on the spot- in cash, natch- plus he needed that guy's SUV for his 'police investigation.' Busted.
Long Island man charged with impersonating cop [Gary Post-Tribune]
Team Police Officer Arrested by Polizei [internal]