A person commits the crime of criminal impersonation of a peace officer if the person, with the intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another person, uses false law enforcement identification or wears a law enforcement uniform to give the impression that the person is a peace officer and does an act in that assumed character.
Criminal impersonation of a peace officer is a Class C felony.
As used in this section:
“False law enforcement identification” means a badge or an identification card that:
Identifies the possessor of the badge or card as a member of a law enforcement unit; and
Was not lawfully issued to the possessor by the law enforcement unit.
“Law enforcement uniform” means clothing bearing words such as “police,” “sheriff,” “state trooper” or “law enforcement,” or clothing that is an official uniform or substantially similar to an official uniform of a law enforcement unit that would make it reasonably likely that a person would believe that the wearer is a peace officer. [1993 c.243 §2; 2005 c.259 §1]Note: 162.367 (Criminal impersonation of a peace officer) and 162.369 (Possession of a false law enforcement identification card) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 162 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.