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14-year-old charged with impersonating a cop

14-year-old charged with impersonating a cop
14-year-old charged with impersonating a cop 

[There are a few more details about the story in one of the better 
unofficial Chicago Police blogs that the news media isn't reporting - WK] 

By Sarah Schulte
January 25, 2009

Chicago police say a 14-year-old boy has been charged with impersonating 
a police officer after he allegedly dressed up in a regulation uniform 
and reported for duty at a South Side police station.

The boy worked with a partner in a squad car overnight.

The 14-year-old boy, identified by his mother as Vincent Richardson, was 
in police custody at the juvenile detention center Sunday. Police say he 
was very familiar with the police department because he used to be a 
member of the Young Explorer program, which is part of the CAPS program. 
Police say the boy was and still is eager to be a police officer.

His mother says he has wanted to be a police officer since he was five 
years old. 

It was Saturday at 1:30 p.m. that police say the 14-year-old boy 
reported for duty at the 3rd district. The teenager was dressed in a 
full authorized Chicago police uniform, although he was not wearing a 
C.P.D. star on his sweater, nor was he carrying a gun.

The boy was partnered with a female officer. They went out for about 
five hours on traffic duty before heading back to the station. It was 
there that a sergeant questioned the boy about his identity and also why 
he wasn't wearing a star.


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