STOCKTON (CBS13) – A man married to a San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office employee has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a law enforcement officer and using his wife’s passcard to enter secure areas of the department.
The sheriff’s office says it is aware of several videos that have been uploaded by a man named Merle Neufield.
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While Neufield introduced himself as the captain of the sheriff’s office in the videos, the department says he has no law enforcement experience.
An investigation, however, revealed that Neufield was married to an employee of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators suspect that Neufield has been using this employee’s department-issued access card for a few months.
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Neufield was arrested Wednesday night when he again entered the department’s private grounds. He now faces charges of impersonating a peace officer and trespassing with intent to commit a felony.
“At the sheriff’s office, we take the security of our facilities very seriously and are reviewing our security policies and procedures to prevent similar violations from happening in the future,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
The sheriff’s office worker married to Neufield has been placed on administrative leave.
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