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  • TSA officer charged with impersonating police officer during traffic stop

    TSA officer charged with impersonating police officer during traffic stop
    Updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 5:30 AM


    Don’t say you’re a cop if you’re not, especially to someone who is. And that goes for federal security officers.

    A Transportation Security Administration supervisor assigned to Newark Liberty International Airport was arrested last week on charges of impersonating a law enforcement officer, after authorities say he told a Roselle Park patrolman who had pulled him over that he was a cop, too.

    Michael M***one, 27, of Roselle Park, a lead transportation security officer employed by the TSA since 2006, is due in Superior Court in Elizabeth on Friday, said Detective Sgt. Manuel Jimenez, a spokesman for the Roselle Park Police Department.

    Jimenez said M***one was arrested Wednesday, March 2, on a charge of "pretending to hold a position as a sworn law enforcement officer."

    M***one faces a separate charge in Roselle Park Municipal Court of failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, the offense he was originally stopped for, before claiming to be a "customs inspector," Jimenez said.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are empowered to carry firearms and make arrests. TSA officers can do neither.

    The arrest occurred only days before another mishap for the TSA’s Newark Liberty detachment: A security checkpoint in Terminal C was shut down for 10 minutes Sunday afternoon after a carry-on bag raised a red flag during a X-ray, but the wrong bag was physically searched, officials said.

    Ann Davis, a TSA spokeswoman, said the mistake was discovered before the passenger or bag left the checkpoint, and security was never compromised.

    "TSA’s review of this event is ongoing. However, it appears TSA officers and managers followed proper protocol," Davis said in a statement.

    Sunday’s incident follows a half-dozen security breaches at Newark that prompted U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey last month to call for an investigation. His spokesman, Caley Gray, said today that the senator has been in touch with the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general’s office and, "they plan to do an investigation based on Senator Lautenberg’s concerns."

    M***one was pulled over at noon on Jan. 19, when he told Officer Theodore Dima he was a customs agent but wasn’t carrying his badge, Jimenez said. He said the real officer issued the impersonator a summons for not yielding and let him go, then called federal officials.

    "I wouldn’t say it’s a particular affront," Jimenez said. "But you’re pretending to be somebody who has particular expertise or authority and you’re lying about it."

    M***one does not have a published phone number and could not be reached for comment.
    Davis said M***one’s "continued employment will be determined based on the result of TSA’s ongoing inquiry into his actions and the result of the pending case."

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201...ith_imper.html

  • #2
    This brings me the chance to ask what is a special police? We have armed guards at the museum, they are special police and can arrest, I guess they don't have any power off the property. Also is there a difference between a special police employed by the federal government, a contractor working for the government and one working for a shopping mall?
    It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so. Ronald Reagan


    TSA, I would rather be felt up than blown up.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Justsaying View Post
      This brings me the chance to ask what is a special police? We have armed guards at the museum, they are special police and can arrest, I guess they don't have any power off the property. Also is there a difference between a special police employed by the federal government, a contractor working for the government and one working for a shopping mall?
      I'm not sure how this is relevant. If you're implying that TSA officers have "special police" status, that is incorrect.

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      • #4
        No I am not. My guess is special police are not real LEOs. Or are they?
        It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so. Ronald Reagan


        TSA, I would rather be felt up than blown up.

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        • #5
          Absolutley about time. Even if hes not convicted of impersonating a LEO, I hope this reaches into the far depths of rent a cop land and is digested and understood.
          Originally posted by crass cop
          Just do it in front of a camera and try not to get a boner and you shoudl be fine.

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          • #6
            The mentality of the rent a cops will prevent that!

            Oh god! I'm having flashbacks of "I'm a federal officer" complete with TSA badge worn on the belt or in a wallet.
            This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Justsaying View Post
              I guess they don't have any power off the property.
              Correct.....

              Originally posted by Justsaying View Post
              Also is there a difference between a special police employed by the federal government, a contractor working for the government and one working for a shopping mall?
              Depends. My Guards at DOJ were Sworn in as Special Deputy US Marshals while they were on-duty and if you jacked with them or if they detained you, you were going down on Federal Charges....... There are a bunch of places like that around the DC/NVA/MD area....

              Others just have the power to detain unitl MPD/DC Protective Services Police/US Park/FPS/US Cap/USSS-Uniformed/Local Police/Etc....show up to make the arrest....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by deputy x 2 View Post
                Oh god! I'm having flashbacks of "I'm a federal officer" complete with TSA badge worn on the belt or in a wallet.
                Wondering if TSA "Screener" Badge was in wallet and presented to the LEO......?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Justsaying View Post
                  No I am not. My guess is special police are not real LEOs. Or are they?
                  Yes they are "real police" It varies by state on the authority they may have or if they even exist .

                  In North Carolina for instance, Special Police MUST posses a NC BLET certificate and have police authority while on patrol on contract properties, i.e. real property such as government buildings or private facilities such as apartment complexes or factories. They also have authority to detain and arrest for crimes in progress while on duty and traveling from one contract site to another though most companies who employ special police officers discourage that activity. Special Police are given their authority from NC Gen statute 74E, the same section that campus police and railroad police are given their authority. Special Police officers are issued ID cards directly from the AG's office which states they are an LEO and have the authority of arrest. Towns can NOT hire special police officers instead of employing its own police force or contracting with another municipal agency for police services.

                  Now to tie this into the OP, TSA are not special police, they are not any kind of police, they are in fact security and have the same authority that any private security has which is none.

                  I do know that facilities such as the Federal Reserve in NC upgraded their security officers to Special Police about 8 years ago.
                  Originally Posted by VegasMetro
                  maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bearcat357 View Post
                    Wondering if TSA "Screener" Badge was in wallet and presented to the LEO......?
                    WOuldn't be the first time!

                    No the article said he didn't have his badge or creds
                    This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                    • #11
                      The uniformed TSA folks have no arrest authority on or off airport grounds. There are a few 1811s with TSA, but they are few and far between and do not wear a uniform. I am still trying to figure out what their role is since any aircraft-related incidents are investigated and prosecuted by the FBI.
                      I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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                      • #12
                        Regulatory and CFR's...............they basically investigate and recommend fines.
                        This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                        • #13
                          Ok at least the guy didnt try to pass off his own tin as a LEO shield. He obviously knows TS(ECURITY)O's arent LEOs, hes just another shmuck who thought he could get away with a lie. I dont think the fact that he worked for the TSA had much to do with it...

                          Originally posted by SgtScott31 View Post
                          The uniformed TSA folks have no arrest authority on or off airport grounds. There are a few 1811s with TSA, but they are few and far between and do not wear a uniform. I am still trying to figure out what their role is since any aircraft-related incidents are investigated and prosecuted by the FBI.
                          A buddy i used to work with applied for a TSA "criminal investigator" position. They do internal investigations and look into criminal allegations against TSA agents. Always sounded like a second pension kinda gig to me
                          Deputy is thinking of the inspectors, they do regulatory
                          Last edited by Lawman4322; 03-08-2011, 05:44 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lawman4322 View Post
                            They do internal investigations and look into criminal allegations against TSA agents.
                            Actually, they do internals for anyone that work with TSA.....not just Screeners... Though, about 99.9% of their work is going after screeners..... and a few FAMS that act like idiots....

                            Originally posted by Lawman4322 View Post
                            Always sounded like a second pension kinda gig to me
                            Not really since they are covered under LEO Retirement which means you have to be hired by them before you turn 37....unless you were prior military.....

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bearcat357 View Post
                              ..
                              Not really since they are covered under LEO Retirement which means you have to be hired by them before you turn 37....unless you were prior military.....
                              Oh yeah good point. Why would anyone want to spend their prime LE years doing that kind of work is beyond me though. I figured it would be a good, easy (albeit boring) gig. In all the news articles I've read about screeners getting arrested I have never heard of these guys actually making the arrest. Do they just investigate and then hand-off or are they just not mentioned? I wonder how much work they actually get...

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