I got an email from one of my BFF’s over the weekend. She knows about my, uh, thing about Chicago, so if she comes across an article she thinks might interest me, she’ll drop me a line. This is the most recent one I got from her:
“CHICAGO — A 14-year-old aspiring police officer donned a uniform, walked into a Chicago police station and managed to get an assignment — patroling in a squad car for five hours before he was detected, police said Sunday.
The boy did not have a gun, never issued any tickets and didn’t drive the squad car, Deputy Superintendent Daniel Dugan said.
Assistant Superintendent James Jackson said the ruse was discovered only after the boy’s patrol with an actual officer ended Saturday. Officers noticed his uniform lacked a star that is part of the regulation uniform.
Police said they were investigating how the deception went undetected for so long in what they described as a serious security breach.
Police didn’t identify the boy because of his age. He has been charged as a juvenile with impersonating an officer.
Dugan said the boy looks older than 14 and was motivated by a desire to be an officer, not malice or “ill intent.”
The boy once took part in a Chicago program for youth interested in policing, so he would have been familiar with some procedures, perhaps helping him blend in, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.”
I have copied the article in full, but if you want to read it yourself, here’s the link. Teen dupes police, patrols Chicago for 5 hours
So the kid sits in the squad car, with another cop, who doesn’t get a clue for 5 hours that this is a 14 year old kid impersonating a cop? Holy Toledo, Batman! What if this hadn’t been a kid who wanted to be a cop when he grows up? What if this had been some kind of bad guy with a gun tucked into his boot? I swear, Chicago cops make the Keystone cops look like absolute pros. Yep, our tax dollars, highest tax dollars in the nation, at work.