05/12/2015 10:36 EDT | Updated 05/12/2016 05:59 EDT

Court Hears Depression Behind Edmonton Man's Phoney Officer Escapades

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EDMONTON - An Edmonton man who used to pick up his son from school in a car made to look like a police cruiser will not face jail time after being found guilty of impersonating a police officer.

Curtis Ulmer, who is 38, has been given two years of probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

Court heard Ulmer had a full array of fake police gear that he wore when patrolling his neighbourhood, and that his car was equipped with a siren and flashing lights.

Police initially thought he was one of their own, but investigators eventually searched his home and found badges, handcuffs, a stun gun, two air pistols and other items in his collection.

The judge says she considered Ulmer's depression brought on by deaths in his family, as well as a medical condition that prevented him from becoming a police officer.

Ulmer is not allowed to possess a weapon for the next five years and must get counselling while on probation.