08/31/2007

Calif. AG says honorary badges illegal

By Steve Geissinger
The Contra Costa Times

SACRAMENTO The Attorney General's Office is reclaiming honorary police-type badges it gave its 1,200 attorneys because the agency has declared the practice common in local government to be illegal.

In turn, local enforcement agencies are reviewing their policies, since the formal opinion by the Attorney General's Office says the badges, resembling those of cops, can be misused by recipients, who are not sworn law-enforcement officers.

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