FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — A widely known political operative in Fort Bend County is sitting within the county jail on Monday night for being accused of impersonating an officer.
Roger Moore, whose Fb web page is stuffed with images of himself with varied Fort Bend County elected officers, can be an unpaid volunteer advisor with Precinct 3 Constable Nabil Shike.
Moore is accused of utilizing his advisor badge, which was reportedly given to him by Shike in a confrontation with a tow truck driver.
“He is a good friend,” Shike stated. “I contemplate everyone a good friend. Everyone’s entitled to due course of, and everyone seems to be harmless till confirmed responsible.”
Shike confirmed with ABC13 that he has recognized Moore for a number of years however has not paid him for any political fieldwork.
Shike confirms Moore is one in every of a few dozen advisors in his workplace. These advisors are given badges. It’s just like the sworn deputies’ gold badges, besides they’re silver, and as an alternative of a deputy’s rank, they’ve the phrase “advisor.”
“The civilian advisors signal a type. They know they can’t show that badge,” Shike stated.
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Shike added that the badges are meant as a token of appreciation, and advisors are informed the best place for the badges can be a trophy case at house.
Nevertheless, over the weekend, Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputies have been known as to the 700 block of Dulles, the condominium the place Moore lives. Information present Moore had confronted a tow truck driver working within the advanced.
“When my deputies acquired on the market, they discovered the wrecker driver had the contract with this condominium advanced for unpermitted automobiles to tow them,” Sheriff Eric Fagan stated.
Fagan stated the wrecker driver known as 911 after Moore flashed a badge at him, allegedly claiming to be regulation enforcement.
“My deputy acquired on the market, (Moore) confirmed the ID once more, and he observed on the ID that it wasn’t an officer, however the wrecker driver stated he was impersonating an officer.”
Moore was arrested and charged and is being held on a $25,000 bail.
The incident has spotlighted varied non-law enforcement badges which are typically handed out by regulation enforcement businesses, usually to civilian volunteers and buddies of the company.
For instance, the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Basis additionally has a program the place particular honorary badges are handed out.
“It is common for businesses to offer out badges that, however states on there that is ‘Honorary,’ that is common,” Sheriff Fagan stated who confirmed us one in every of his badges with the phrase “honorary” on the prime of the badge.
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Utilizing an honorary badge as an alternative of an precise regulation enforcement badge is against the law.
Shike stated he’s re-evaluating this advisory program in his workplace and conducting an inside investigation.
“This specific incident has nothing to do with how we function at this workplace. We maintain the best ranges of accountability and transparency with everyone,” Shike stated.
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