MINOT, N.D. – A former law enforcement reserve for Ward County is charged with impersonating officials after prosecutors say he posed as an actual Sheriff’s deputy.
Court records indicate that on several occasions in 2015, 23-year-old Taylor Barnett (above) wore his uniform while not on official duty.
The restaurant that Barnett worked at reported him wearing his bullet-proof vest while working as a dishwasher, changing into his uniform at work, and at one point loading a gun and putting it in his pants before leaving.
The uniform center in Bismarck also reported that Barnett tried to have official patches put on a jacket he bought for himself.
The department released Barnett from the reserve program in May of 2015 and ordered him to surrender all of his equipment.
Prosecutors say that Barnett had also altered one of his badges to look like a deputy’s badge, and listed his occupation on Facebook as ‘Deputy at Ward County.’
Barnett admitted during questioning that he knew he was not a licensed peace officer, and that he may have said he was licensed with the Surrey Police Department.
He will be back in court July 19 and faces up to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines on the A-misdemeanor charge if convicted.