Retired police officer charged with impersonating police officer

Retired police officer charged with impersonating police officer

SEATTLE -- A 69-year-old retired Seattle Police Department officer apparently missed his old job so much he donned his uniform and started directing traffic around a Capitol Hill construction site, according to charges filed Tuesday by the Seattle City Attorney's Office.

Mike Deacy has been charged with criminal impersonation, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

According to the City Attorney's Office, Deacy was in uniform, complete with handgun, flagging and directing traffic around a construction site at Bellevue Avenue and Pine Street Dec. 13, 2013, despite having already retired as a police officer.

Deacy's return to the working world was spoiled when a woman complained about his behavior, according to the City Attorney's Office.

The Seattle Police Department allows former officers to request a commission to work, armed and in uniform, in a variety of jobs within two years of retirement. However, Deacy reportedly had not been granted that commission.