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3/28/2012 5:59:00 AM
Kingman man arrested for impersonating police officer
Skyler Whalen
Skyler Whalen

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Police say an 18-year-old Kingman man took people on ride-alongs and responded to fictional calls as he posed as an officer with the Department of Public Safety.

Skyler Lee Whalen is charged with impersonating a law enforcement official and forgery. He was arrested Saturday afternoon after he went to the fairgrounds and told people he was responding to a 911 hang-up call.

One of those people he contacted was an off-duty KPD officer, who suspected Whalen wasn't a real officer and contacted his on-duty colleagues to come out and investigate.

Whalen left the fairgrounds in a grey colored Ford Explorer. Officers located and stopped Whalen driving the vehicle in the 1000 block of E. Andy Devine Avenue. He reportedly admitted to impersonating a police officer and was arrested. It was later determined that there had been no 911 call.

Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said Whalen was wearing a DPS badge and ballistic vest and was carrying a police radio, handcuffs, and DPS business cards with his name on them. He also had several guns and rifles in his SUV, which had been outfitted like an unmarked police car with emergency lights.

Cooper said law enforcement items are readily available to the public on the Internet.

"All this equipment people can buy but it's what you do with it that makes it illegal," he said.

Whalen had reportedly taken at least two people on ride-alongs and made them sign release waivers he doctored from documents he downloaded from the DPS website.

"That's where the forgery comes in," Cooper said.

One of those ride-along passengers was with Whalen when he was arrested.

Investigators believe that Whalen has done similar things recently and asks that anyone with information contact Kingman Police Detectives by calling 753-2191.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Article comment by: Jane Doe

The sad thing is this behavior is very dangerous. Its not a joke..many many career criminals and serial criminals (rapists and murderers) have this bahavior. (ie-John Gaycee drove around in a car made to look like undercover pd and had cuffs ect ect). Read *Anatomy of Motive* by John Douglas, real eye opener to how this and many other behaviors are just the beginnings of a criminal career.

Posted: Monday, April 9, 2012
Article comment by: John Smith

I have just one concern, he is an 18 year old who finds his hobbies to be positive in a destructive way, so does he deserve a prison term and live out the rest of his life with no rights, or a second chance as an adult, yes he needs help, but he is aiming in the right direction, better a fake marine,a fake cop than a kid with a gun with no ambition, i feel he seeks help, and he be given one last chance to make this happen in the right way.

Posted: Sunday, April 1, 2012
Article comment by: John smith

Hey! This guy was my doctor in the Emergency room last week! And the week before, he was the co-pilot on a plane I was on! Kidding! lol

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012
Article comment by: Gary Jankowski


Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Article comment by: Jane Doe

Here he is last year .. He really needs help before he or someone gets hurt

Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Article comment by: Patricia Davis

Outertowner:If he wants to be an officer of the law -his punishment should be to have to go to the academy .

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: why bother

Who needs training and experience?. Heres a tip young folks. When the Nike Commercial says " Just do it".

Disreguarding reality is not what they had in mind.

This reminds me of a young guy telling me he wanted to be a Psychologist . When I mentioned it would take over a decade of higher education.

I got the deer in headlight look followed with "really"?

When did personal commitment to a career or future disappear? God. Im getting way to old to care.

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: Michael Gustroni

This is the same person that was impersonating a Marine Gunny Sgt,
and was written about in the Marine

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: bla bla

Ive never heard of an EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD DPS officer before... let alone an UNDERCOVER one. It takes ALOT of years to become undercover... not just overnight and not at no 18 yo!
People should've detected this point long before the incident occured.

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: Oh Man

Geez..... he really went all the way. I am dying to know why though???

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Now this is not that unusual, one see's these folks translating their on line fantasies into the real world, it might be enlightening to see how many characters he created on line, we do have them in abundance here in Mohave county, who impersonate the 2% when they are really in the 98%, but harmless there but this poor mentally unstable kid might have escalated into something worse had he not been caught, maybe he will get some much needed help!

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: Warren O

You know, a lot of 18-year-olds who drive around armed to the teeth in Ford Explorers are not pretending to be police officers - they're being real gang-bangers and shooting up neighborhoods full of kids.

No argument that a crime has been committed here, but I do hope we're able to maintain some perspective about the seriousness of it, and I hope Mr. Whalen gets the psychiatric treatment he almost certainly needs.

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Scaffold

I remember Skyler as a child and how bright he was. He had an incredible memory and was able to express himself well, with a penchant for detail in understanding complex subjects. At age 12, it seemed as if one were speaking with a much older person. How he arrived to this point is regrettable.

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: Things for Kids to Do in Kingman

Well, at least he found an interesting hobby...

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: Daniel A. (Overcomer)

Job well done to the off duty officer who called the on duty officers to investigate. Who knows what this man's intentions were? Praise God nobody got hurt in any way.

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Blow

This takes the cake ... 2150 to Headquaters ...

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