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Auxiliary officer fired for making unauthorized traffic stops

Patrick Lange was fired from his position as an auxiliary officer after making unauthorized traffic stops. (Source: Rocky River Police Department) Patrick Lange was fired from his position as an auxiliary officer after making unauthorized traffic stops. (Source: Rocky River Police Department)
ROCKY RIVER, OH (WOIO) - An auxiliary police officer in the suburbs is out of a job because he was pulling over people illegally.

Police dash cam video captures an abnormal traffic stop, which is analyzed by the Rocky River Police Department's chief.

"Radio is their tool. They're not supposed to use lights and siren at any time," said Chief Kelly Stillman.

That's because the person making the stop isn't a sworn police officer. Patrick Lange is a Rocky River auxiliary officer.

"He knew what he was doing was wrong. It was a clear violation of the auxiliary policy and procedure manual," said Stillman. 

According to Stillman, auxiliary officers are another set of eyes and ears for the department.

"An auxiliary with the Rocky River Police Department is unsworn. They're unpaid. They're volunteers," he explained.

After being with the department for six years, authorities just learned Lange was breaking the rules.

"We found out on Dec. 17 that he had been making actual traffic stops of vehicles in the city," Stillman said.

The chief suspended Lange that day and took back all city equipment, Lange's ID, car and keys.

On Wednesday, Stillman sent Lange a termination letter to ensure the policeman in disguise never breaks the rules again.

During his entire career with the department, Lange has never been disciplined for anything else.

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