48 Personation and representing vehicle, etc, as Police vehicle

(1)

A person commits an offence who, without reasonable excuse, and in circumstances likely to lead a person to believe that the person is a Police employee,—

(a)

pretends to be a Police employee by his or her words, conduct, or demeanour; or

(b)

assumes the name, designation, or description of a Police employee.

(2)

A person commits an offence who, without reasonable excuse, uses any of the following things in circumstances likely to lead a person to believe that the user is a Police employee:

(a)

a Police uniform, or item of that uniform, or a Police article:

(b)

a uniform, or item of uniform, or article that closely resembles a Police uniform, or item of that uniform, or Police article.

(3)

A person commits an offence who, without reasonable excuse, represents any vehicle, craft, or other conveyance as being in the service of the Police in circumstances likely to lead a person to believe the vehicle, craft, or conveyance is in the service of the Police.

(4)

A person who commits an offence against this section is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, to a fine not exceeding $15,000, or to both.

Compare: 1958 No 109, ss 51, 51A

Section 48(4): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).