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Retired Officer Charged With Impersonating An Officer

City Attorney Pete Holmes announced today that his office has charged a retired Seattle police officer for impersonating a police officer while working at a Capitol Hill construction site late last year:

Holmes today charged retired Seattle police officer Mike Deacy with one count of criminal impersonation, a gross misdemeanor (up to $5,000 fine and up to 364 days in jail).

The City alleges that Deacy, in uniform, was flagging and directing traffic at a construction site at Bellevue and Pine on Dec. 13, 2013 although his authority to act as a police officer had expired. SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability investigated Deacy after a young woman complained about his behavior.

According to the Seattle Police Manual, retired police officers may, within two years of retirement, request that an Extended Authority Commission be granted by the department. That commission allows them to work, armed and in uniform, in various capacities.

The section of the department’s manual detailing requirements for officers seeking extended commissions can be found here.