87. Impersonating a public officer
(1) For the purposes of this section a person impersonates a public officer if the person ¾
(a) wears what is or purports to be the uniform of a public officer; or
(b) represents himself or herself by word or conduct to be a public officer,
when the person is not such a public officer.
(2) A person who impersonates a public officer and who ¾
(a) purports to do or exercise; or
(b) attends any place for the purposes of doing or exercising,
any act or power of such a public officer is guilty of a crime and is liable to imprisonment for 2 years.
Summary conviction penalty: imprisonment for 12 months and a fine of $12 000.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2) it is immaterial whether the power referred to exists at law.
(4) An allegation in a charge of an offence under this section that at the material time the accused was not a public officer, or not a public officer of the kind that the accused is alleged to have impersonated, must be taken to be proved, unless the contrary is proved.
[Section 87 inserted by No. 70 of 2004 s. 9.]