UPDATED — POLICE RELEASE PHOTOS — Ventura PD catch man impersonating a police officer

click arial,sans-serif;”>On Sunday, June 7th at 12:53pm, the Ventura Police Department Communications Center received a call of four suspicious males standing around a police car.  One of the subjects was putting on a police uniform in a parking lot on Capri Ave east of Johnson Dr. Patrol officers arrived on scene and found the suspect, 44 year old Glendale resident, Oliver James, wearing a full Los Angeles Police Department uniform, badge, name plate, with a patrol duty belt and gun. James was standing next to a black and white patrol car with “Police” written on the side of it and a light bar attached to the top. He identified himself as an active off-duty police officer with LAPD.

Patrol officers investigated the incident and discovered that James was not an employee of LAPD and was not sworn police officer. The police car had been sold by LAPD in 2012 and had been unregistered since that time. The police car was impounded and the other three subjects were released at the scene.

James was placed under arrest for impersonation of a police officer and carrying a firearm on his person.  He was booked into the Ventura County Jail with out incident.

James Oliver

James Oliver


Decommissioned police car used by Oliver

Decommissioned police car used by Oliver

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to call the Ventura Police Department at (805) 339-4309.

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