Police officer, impersonating; punishment of offense. (HB495)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Punishment of the offense of impersonating a police officer; penalty. Raises the punishment for the offense of impersonating a police officer from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 080566472
01/07/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/08/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB495)
02/04/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB495)
02/12/2008Left in Courts of Justice


John writes:

I am disappointed to see that this bill failed to pass in committee. It is reprehensible that someone would impersonate an officer, and doing so would likely lead to more crimes being committed against the victim of said charade. Increasing the punishment from a misdemeanor to a felony is the least that should be done! Our officers serve and protect at great risk to themselves and we should respect their contributions to our society.