DEEP official arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer

A state environmental conservation officer has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer in Old Saybrook.

Richard Swan, 59, of Old Saybrook was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of impersonating a police officer, according to the Old Saybrook Police Department.

Swan is the deputy director of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Police say Swan used a state-owned vehicle equipped with emergency lights to stop a car with three juveniles inside on April 27 around 11 p.m. According to police, he allegedly showed his badge and asked passengers for identification, which he later presented to police officers.

Police say Swan contacted Old Saybrook police and identified himself as a DEEP officer.

Police said that in his role at DEEP, he did not have the authority to stop cars.

“It is disturbing that an individual violated the community’s trust by impersonating a police officer and, even worse, in the presence of minors,” Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera said in a statement. “We will not tolerate this dangerous behavior at Old Saybrook and I fully support the victims’ pursuit of justice following their horrific experiences.”

After his arrest, Swan was ordered to post $5,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for June 11 in Middletown Superior Court.