Today's Sun Sentinel reports on how police impersonation is becoming a problem in Miami-Dade County. The article discusses just how easy it is for somebody to purchase fake police equipment online, such as badges, belts, hats, and police lights.
Miami-Dade County has led the state in police impersonation since 2009.
For example, earlier this year, a man wearing a knit mask and a black shirt that read "Police" rushed into an Oakland Park home and terrorized a man lying in bed, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. The fake officer was after oxycodone pills.
Impersonating an officer is a 3rd-degree felony in the State of Florida. Conviction is punishable by up to five years in prison.