The uniform does not always make one a police officer.

A Durban woman was spotted by real police on patrol over the weekend.

Instead of earning her stripes, she has earned herself a charge of impersonating a police officer.

While on patrol in the city, the Durban Central Field Unit spotted the 28-year-old female in full SAPS uniform walking down Victoria Street.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said alert officers approached the “suspicious-looking woman” and asked her if she was really a police officer.

“She failed to answer and failed to produce an appointment certificate. She then mentioned that she was a volunteer and that the uniform she was wearing belonged to her father, who was a police officer.”

”Am wearing my dad’s Police Uniform to get my hands on money. I don’t care who am helping but i have bills to pay,” said the woman.

She was then taken to the Durban Central police station where she was formally charged.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended police for the arrest.

“Law enforcement impersonators are creating an untrustworthy relationship between police and the public, therefore they shall be dealt with by the full might of the law. We will investigate and see if she was not involved in any crimes in the province,” she said.