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impersonating an officer
Jul 26, 2004 06:53 ETBack | Print Article
 Guest Name:Shauna
I received an e-mail from a friend regarding a car trying to pull another driver over using a police light. The woman call *677 to reach a dispatcher to report the unmarked car. I'm not sure if this e-mail is a hoax or not. I have attached the e-mail below. Is there such a number?
Shauna Becker

Subject: The importance of *677 or *OPP

Thought this was good information for all the gals out there who take their independence seriously. I knew about the red light on cars, but not the *677

It was about 1:00 PM in the afternoon, and Lauren was driving to visit a friend. An UNMARKED police car pulled up behind her and put his lights on.

Lauren's parents have four children (high school and college age) and have always told them never to pull over for an unmarked car on the side of the road, but rather wait until they get to a gas station, etc. So Lauren had actually listened to her parents advice and promptly called *677 on her cell phone to tell the police dispatcher that she would not pull over right away.

She proceeded to tell the dispatcher that there was an unmarked police car with a flashing red light on his rooftop behind her. The dispatcher checked to see if there were police cars where she was and there weren't and he told her to keep driving, remain calm and that he had back up already on the way.

Ten minutes later four cop cars surrounded her and the unmarked car behind her. One policeman went to her side and the others surrounded the car behind. They pulled the guy from the car and tackled him to the ground. The man was a convicted rapist and wanted for other crimes.

I never knew about the *677 Cell Phone Feature, but especially for a woman alone in a car, you should not pull over for an unmarked car. Apparently police have to respect your right to keep going to a "safe" place. You obviously need to make some signals that you acknowledge them, (i.e., put on your hazard lights) or call *677 like Lauren did.

Too bad the cell phone companies don't generally give you this little bit of wonderful information. Speaking to a service representative at Bell Mobility confirmed that *677 is a direct link to OPP Dispatch. So, now it's your turn to let your friends know about *677 . Send this to every woman in Ontario you know, it may save a life.

From our 911 Communications Unit:

The number *677 is strictly OPP. We advise everyone to call 9-1-1 and not *677 as 9-1-1 will get you to the communications centre in the area that you are currently travelling in. Further, it is also very rare that police in an unmarked car would try to pull a motorist over. Normal procedure is to wait for a marked unit to attend the scene.