Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Topics  >  Bizarre Beat

December 06, 2013
Print Comment RSS

Ore. police uniform shirt shows up at Goodwill

The Dept.'s captain isn't too concerned about it because he said the uniform and patches are powerless without a badge

By Rick Bella
The Oregonian

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — Lake Oswego police are puzzled over how a police uniform shirt with department patches recently showed up in a thrift store. But they aren't very concerned.

Capt. Dale Jorgensen, a Lake Oswego Police Department spokesman, said there are several ways a shirt could have wound up among donations to Goodwill Industries.

"It could have been from someone who no longer worked for the department, or it could have been left behind after a divorce — lots of ways," Jorgensen said. "But it really doesn't matter. You can buy a shirt in a uniform store. You can find the patches online. But what makes a shirt a police shirt is a real police badge, which you can't easily get."

The Lake Oswego shirt showed up at Milwaukie-area store, along with a Portland Police Bureau shirt. Customers bought the shirts, then informed the respective agencies.

Jorgensen said Oregon law prohibits impersonation of a police officer if used to obtain some benefit, or to injure or defraud another.

"So you can wear a police uniform with all the patches to a Halloween party — no problem," Jorgensen said. "But if you step out in the street wearing that uniform and stop traffic, you would be breaking the law."

Jorgensen said most Lake Oswego officers arrive at work wearing their personal clothing and change into their uniforms in a locker room. The department takes care of laundry and cleaning. If a uniform becomes damaged or no longer fits, it is thrown in a box for incineration.

"Almost nobody takes them home," Jorgensen said. "So in this case, who knows what happened?"


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2013 The Oregonian






PoliceOne Offers

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample