Hamilton police investigating after man poses as K-9 officer

Hamilton police are warning the public after receiving reports about a man posing as a K-9 officer in Mount Hope.

Police said a man attended a residence near Homestead Drive and Strathearne Place around 10 a.m. Thursday and asked to use the homeowner’s property for a K-9 exercise.

The man wore dark clothing that resembled a police uniform and was believed to be driving a dark vehicle that did not have police markings.

Police said the homeowner gave the man permission and then left the residence.

The incident was later reported to police, but when they checked the area, they did not find the man.

Police said they returned to the area to canvass for witnesses Friday and spoke to a neighbour who said he also had a man show up at his home around the same time and make a similar request.

The neighbour also gave the man permission to use his property as he believed he was involved in law enforcement, police said.

Soon after, the neighbour saw two men walking through his backyard but did not notice a dog, according to police.

Hamilton police said they have confirmed the man is not an employee of the service or any other local agency.

Police are asking nearby residents to check their security footage for any suspicious activity.

The suspect is described as a white man between the ages of 35 and 45 with short blond hair. Police said he was clean shaven.

Anyone who has experienced a similar incident or has information that can help with the investigation is asked to contact Det. Const. Jeff Clushman at 905-546-8963 or the Division Three Staff Sergeant’s office at 905-546-3886.

If residents question whether the person they are dealing with is an officer, police said they can ask for a badge number and contact police for confirmation.

If the person won’t provide a badge number, police suggest getting a description of them and a licence plate number and contacting police immediately.