Barrie police warn of canvassing ‘cop’

However, door-to-door canvassing for local Crime Stoppers is legit – reps will be wearing proper identification

A man knocking on doors in Barrie and claiming to be a police officer raising funds for ‘kids against drugs’ should be greeted with suspicion, say police.
That’s just what a couple of concerned citizens did, who contacted police about the man canvassing their neighbourhood. Police responded but could not located him. He is described as being white, 5’7″ with a thin build, and in his mid-30s.
Police emphasize that this is not a legitimate charity and that police would never canvass door-to-door asking for money.
However, there is a legitimate police-related campaign ongoing – Crime Stoppers of Simcoe/Muskoka/Dufferin has begun its annual fundraising campaign, which includes door-to-door fundraising.
Everyone canvassing on behalf of Crime Stoppers will be wearing official identification.

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