Are Police Officers Required to Give Their Badge Numbers When Asked?


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The extent to which police officers must provide private citizens with identifying information is determined by state and local laws, department policies and the context in which the officer is asked, reports Boing Boing. There is no statute governing police identification nationwide.

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Requirements to produce, in verbal or printed form, an officer’s name and identification number are enshrined in the manuals of many police departments, especially of large metropolitan areas. However, enforcement of department policy is left to the discretion of the departments, and is not always transparent to the public. Police officers have occasionally been caught disregarding identification guidelines, as was the case during the Department of Justice investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri, police in 2014, reports Reuters.

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