12/02/09 110 W - + 7 - 10 New York City Police Badges

Here's a fascinating article from Monday's New York Times about fake badges in the New York City Police Department. Seems unauthorized replicas are common in the department, with officers keeping the originals safely stowed at home. Why wear a dupe instead the real McCoy? 'Cause loosing one means "paperwork and a heavy penalty, as much as 10 days' pay." Some say the practice is waning; others say its still going strong. But as one person notes, it's just as problematic if you lose a fake badge, and someone returns the thing to headquarters. Then they really have to account for themselves. Very interesting reading.

For those interested in the badges of the New York City Fire Department, do a web search on the book title “Badges of the Bravest” by Gary R. Urbanowicz, which was published in 2002 by Turner Publishing Company.
Legeros - 12/02/09 - 08:04

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