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Blue lights in your mirror; Are they real cops?

Albany and Dougherty Co. cars are marked (Source: WALB) Albany and Dougherty Co. cars are marked (Source: WALB)
What would you do? Two unmarked vehicles posing as police cars are trying to pull you over. (Source: WALB) What would you do? Two unmarked vehicles posing as police cars are trying to pull you over. (Source: WALB)
Captain Tom Jackson (Source: WALB) Captain Tom Jackson (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Two unmarked vehicles posing as police cars are trying to pull you over. What would you do?  

It happened to a woman in Memphis in broad daylight. 

Police said three fake officers pulled her over-- and robbed her at gunpoint.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Authentic law enforcement officers in Dougherty County have information on what the laws are, and how you can spot a fake.

Dougherty County Police Captain Tom Jackson said according to Georgia law, if an officer is solely doing traffic enforcement, that officer must be in a marked car, and in uniform, when conducting traffic stops. 

However, officers in unmarked cars can still make traffic stops if the officer feels the driver is threatening public safety. 

Captain Jackson said, per the department's policy, if an officer in an unmarked car is attempting to make a stop, the officer must also call for a marked car for assistance. 

"The first thing you can always do, you can always call 911 and verify that an officer is actually trying to stop you. And if you do feel that it's an officer trying to stop you, and you're not comfortable in the surroundings you're in, you can go to a well-lit area, you can turn your flashers on, you can acknowledge that you know the officer's behind you and trying to stop you. And once you get to that area, you can also explain to the officer, 'I wanted to come to a well-lit area and make sure that I was being legitimately stopped.'" 

Captain Jackson reminds you officers will never take money for a traffic ticket on the roadway. 

Click HERE for more on Georgia laws.

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