Nfld. & Labrador

Fake police officer arrested in St. John's, say RNC

A man who claimed he was a police officer at a west end of the provincial capital is facing four charges.

A man who police say claimed he was a police officer at a west end St. John’s park is facing four charges.

Christopher John Bailey, 27, is accused of falsely representing himself as a police officer in Bowring Park over the weekend.

He's also charged with two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

Court documents list the weapons as a firearm, a spring-action switchblade, and bear spray.

Police said Bailey was approached in the park by a security officer at just after midnight early Sunday morning.

They said Bailey told the security officer he was a police officer. Bailey was arrested after the security guard called the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to check his credentials.

Bailey led back into custody after a brief bail hearing on Sunday after he was scheduled to re-appear in court on Monday.