GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A volunteer with Greenville Police's Citizens on Patrol program is accused of impersonating an officer.
According to the Greenville Police Department, they received several complaints in early March that 25-year-old Jonathan Parker was inappropriately using his credentials and position as a volunteer.
Police said they later found evidence that Parker, of Greenville, impersonated a law enforcement officer on at least two separate occasions. According to investigators, they believe Parker either directly said or implied that he was a Greenville police officer through casual conversations.
The evidence was presented to Pitt County District Attorney Kimberly Robb, who agreed to prosecute the case.
Parker was arrested on Sunday and has been charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, investigators said.
Greenville Police said they immediately released Parker from his duties as a volunteer upon learning the allegations.
Investigators said they did not find any evidence that Parker was a threat to the public.
GPD Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter released the following statement:
"Since October, the Greenville Police Department has been proactively making changes to the way our volunteers appear and operate. All of our volunteers have clearly marked vehicles and clothing. They no longer carry a volunteer badge and they receive direct assignments from supervisors. The changes were made not only to increase our effectiveness, but to protect our volunteers. We never want there to be any confusion as to what their role is, and certainly would never want them to end up in potentially dangerous situations due to that confusion.
"The incident involving Mr. Parker is unfortunate, but it is validation that the changes we have already been making prior to this incident are necessary. We truly value and appreciate our volunteers and their contributions to this Police Department."