UPDATE: BGPD search for man accused of impersonating an officer

Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 2:16 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The Bowling Green Police Department gave an update on an incident of a male identifying himself as a police officer and offering students candy while they were walking home from school.

Police said after a thorough investigation and consulting the Commonwealth Attorney, they believe they have probable cause the man committed the criminal offense of “Impersonating a Peace Officer.”

Bowling Green Police say they have now obtained a warrant for his arrest, and are actively trying to locate him.

According to a previous post on the agency’s Facebook page, a male subject in a black sedan approached two students walking home from Potter Gray School and offered them candy.

The students declined the candy and the subject told them he was a police officer and showed the students the badge, officials said.

Police say they made contact with the driver of the car who told officers he was in the neighborhood campaigning.

The name of the suspect has not been released at this time.

“BGPD has taken appropriate action to ensure this incident does not occur anymore in the future,” the post stated. “We are glad this incident was not a true “Stranger Danger”, but we want to use it as a teaching moment and reminder that children should be counseled to never approach vehicles or subjects offering something to them. Stay safe Bowling Green.”