BGPD obtains warrant after man allegedly impersonates officer

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Police Department is actively attempting to locate a man following an investigation.

Yesterday afternoon, officials say they were notified that a man driving a black sedan had approached two Potter Gray Elementary School students walking home from school and offered them candy.

After the students declined, the man showed them a badge and and stated he was a police officer, according to officials.

BGPD says they have identified the man, who told them he was campaigning in the neighborhood. The man is not a police officer in Bowling Green or in counties nearby. Officials have not released the identity of the man at this current time.

In addition, BGPD further stated the following regarding the investigation:

“First and foremost, we have the responsibility to investigate this case to the fullest extent. We cannot release all details of investigations until we have the facts and the leads are followed up. We must protect the integrity of the cases we investigate. The elements of any crime must be met in order for us to place charges against any citizen. It is our duty to be impartial and objective throughout the investigation. The initial challenge in this case was to determine if this person impersonated a peace officer and the actions surrounding their interaction with the two students. After a thorough investigation and consulting with our Commonwealth Attorney, we believe we have probable cause this person committed the criminal offense of Impersonating a Peace Officer. We have obtained a warrant for this person and are actively attempting to locate them.”

No further details are available at this time. We will update as more information is released.