A convicted sex offender who posed as a police officer on dating apps and used fake warrant cards to travel for free has been jailed for 28 months.
Bradley Baker, 28, possessed his own uniform and lied to his ex-partner, family and friends that he worked for British Transport Police.
The case comes just days after the Metropolitan Police has suggested giving officers warrant cards that the public can scan with their smartphones to verify their identity.
Birmingham Crown Court heard the fantasist had a uniform to pose as an officer on dating apps and also used a fake warrant card to travel for free on the railway and bus networks.
Baker, of Handworth, Birmingham, was rumbled after he was reported to North Wales Police for a separate offence.
He was reported as a serving BTP Special Constable based in Birmingham but enquiries quickly established he had never worked for the force.
Officers searched his home on February 1 last year and seized a police uniform including a warrant card badge and holder displaying ‘DC Baker’.
Two fake BTP warrant cards and multiple police lanyards were also recovered by the force.
Baker also tried to throw laptops out of his window as officers arrived, which were found to be unregistered.
This breached a sexual harm prevention order which stated that any electrical device in his possession must be registered with police.
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A laptop which was later found to be stolen from his previous job as a journalist was also recovered as well as amounts of cannabis.
Baker pleaded guilty to possession of police articles and two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which was handed to him after committing three sexual offences involving children in 2018.
He was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on March 25 after also pleading guilty to one count of theft by employee and two counts of possession of Class B cannabis.
BTP Police Constable Jade Ledbrook, said: “Possessing fake items of police uniform and posing as a police officer is an extremely serious offence, and I’m glad that the severity of Baker’s delusional actions is reflected in his sentence.
“Sexual Harm Prevention Orders are given to protect the public, and Baker’s blatant disregard for this demonstrates his dangerous mindset.
“Had he not been stopped as a result of this extensive investigation, he could have continued to commit even further, and potentially more serious, crimes – therefore I’m pleased to see him behind bars.”