Sherwood Police Arrest Man for Criminal Impersonation for a March 22nd Incident on SW Pacific Highway in Tigard (Photo)
On March 22nd, 2016, Officer Chris Pierce was returning to the City of Sherwood on SW Pacific Highway after completing an investigation in Portland. At about 12 AM, Officer Pierce saw a white Dodge Charger, parked in the roadway blocking a Honda Accord on SW Pacific Highway at SW Greenburg Rd.
As Officer Pierce passed the vehicles, he saw a male yelling at the female driver of the Honda Accord. Officer Pierce stopped to ask if everything was "OK", and the male replied that he was an "off duty" officer and displayed a badge.
The male told Officer Pierce that he had stopped the female in the Honda Accord for speeding and reckless driving. Officer Pierce looked at the badge which showed the title of "Junior Probation Officer". The male made reference to working part time for the Riverside County Sheriff's Office.
The males white Dodge Charger was determined to be a rental car, and had NO emergency equipment or lights. Officers from the Tigard Police Department arrived to assist Officer Pierce. A determination was made to release the male and the investigation continued.
This case was heard by a Washington County Grand Jury, who returned a secret indictment, and a warrant was issued for the male. On the morning of April 19th Sherwood Police arrested 20 year old Troy Matthew Bacon of Boise, Idaho on one count of Criminal Impersonation (ORS 162.365). Bacon was taken to the Washington County Jail, where he was booked on the warrant.
The Sherwood Police would like to remind the public that those who impersonate police officers erode the public's trust in law enforcement and may endanger unsuspecting people. There are several tips you can remember to protect yourself during a traffic stop while helping your police officers do their jobs.
* Make sure it is a marked police unit. If it is not a marked unit, the emergency lights should be built in and are usually not a temporary light placed on the vehicle.
* Try to stop in a well-lit area or a location where there are a lot of people present.
* Turn on your emergency flashers but don't turn off your car.
* Do not get out of the vehicle to meet the officer. Officers usually don't like this anyway.
* Lock your door.
* Look for a uniform, official department jacket, and other equipment used by police officers for the performance of their duties.
* If the officer is in plainclothes, look for identifying clothing and equipment. If unsure, explain to the "officer" that you are unsure about the situation and ask them to display official department identification and badge. Ask where they work and if you can contact their dispatch center to confirm their identity. You may also request a marked patrol unit respond.
* Pay attention to what they are asking. Most officers will advise you of the reason for the stop and request your driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance.
* If they immediately tell you to get out of the car without any preliminary questions, be suspicious.
* Trust your instincts. If they don't seem to be a real police officer they are probably not.
Tips courtesy: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/PATROL/Pages/Safety-Tip---Police-Impersonators.aspx
Sherwood Police Need Public's Help to Track down Hit and Run Driver (Photo)
On April 7, 2016 at 1144 PM Sherwood Police officers were called to investigate a Hit and Run which had occurred on SW Langer Farms Parkway, between Home Depot and SW Tualatin Sherwood Road.
Officers arrived to find that someone had driven their vehicle into the planter area off the roadway and had struck a sprinkler control box, and a street lighting pole. Water was spraying from the struck and now broken pipes. The light pole had been forced over from its original position. Portland General Electric crews responded and had to cut the pole down for the safety of others.
The vehicle was not located at the scene or in the surrounding area. Sherwood Police officers found a variety of parts from the vehicle lying on the ground at the crash scene. The investigation revealed that the vehicle involved was likely a blue Scion XB.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who might have additional information is asked to call Sherwood Police via the non-emergency line for dispatch, at 503-629-0111.