A Lowell man has been arrested on a charge of impersonating a police officer
following an investigation by the Indiana State Excise Police.
Ray K. Thompson, 51, went to Cliffhangers Bar at 151 Deanna Drive on Dec. 8
and told the bartender and a patron that he was an excise officer, the
Excise Police said. The bar’s owner became suspicious when she learned that
Thompson had told the bartender that he was recording their conversation and
then proceeded to ask questions about the bar’s camera system and security
on the weekends, Excise Police said.
Thompson was subsequently taken into custody at his place of employment and,
at the same time, a search warrant was executed at his residence, where the
Excise Police said that several undisclosed items were recovered.
The Lowell Police Department assisted the Excise Police with the
Excise officers always carry a department-issued badge, along with their
credentials, which have the officer’s name, badge number, and photograph.
Excise officers work either in plain clothes or uniform, depending on the
nature of their assignments during a particular shift. Anyone concerned
about whether someone is a police officer can request to see the officer’s
badge and credentials, or contact local law enforcement.
“Impersonating a police officer is an intolerable offense for which we will
have zero tolerance,” Excise Police Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said.
“Such behavior is not only dangerous to the perpetrator but can put other
citizens at risk.”
As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission,
the Indiana State Excise Police promotes public safety by enforcing the
state’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to
enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related