A retired Seattle police officer was charged today with criminal impersonation, accused of working in uniform at a Capitol Hill construction site even though his authority to act as a police officer had expired, according to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.
Michael F. Deacy, 69, retired from the Seattle Police Department in 2006 after a 30-year career, according to a Seattle Times database of public employees.
City prosecutors allege that Deacy, in uniform, was flagging and directing traffic at a construction site at Bellevue and Pine on Dec. 13, 2013, although his authority to act as a police officer had expired. SPD’s Office of Professional Accountability investigated Deacy after a young woman complained about his behavior.
It is unclear when Deacy’s authority expired. Criminal impersonation is a gross misdemeanor
According to the Seattle Police Manual, retired police officers may, within two years of retirement, request that an Extended Authority Commission be granted by the department. That commission allows them to work, armed and in uniform, in various capacities.