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Rancho Cucamonga Citizen on Patrol volunteer accused of impersonating officer

By in Press Enterprise on July 10, 2017

By Doug Saunders

A recently appointed citizen volunteer with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department was arrested July 5 on suspicion of impersonating a peace officer.

Several people reported a person in a white Ford Crown Victoria using a public address system acting like he was a police officer, according to a sheriff’s news release. Hours later, a deputy assigned to the Rancho Cucamonga Station found the car in question near Terrace View Loop and Vintage Drive.

A traffic stop led the deputy to discover the driver, Raul Garcia, 18, of Rancho Cucamonga was a Citizen on Patrol volunteer, the news release states.

Deputies found a working siren along with a public address system installed on the unmarked car owned by Garcia.

Garcia’s volunteer status with the department was revoked, officials said.

He was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a peace officer and booked into West Valley Detention Center. He was given a citation and released.

Sheriff’s officials said none of the equipment allegedly used by Garcia was department owned.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or believe to have had contact with Garcia, is asked to call the sheriff’s Rancho Cucamonga Station at 909-477-2800.

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