Lowell Officers receive new State Identification Cards
LOWELL, MA (March 15, 2012) – Lowell police Officers will now be part of a new state wide police identification program. The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs are today unveiling a new credential being carried by the police officers from Lowell and across Massachusetts. The new ID cards are of uniform design and utilize features that thwart tampering and counterfeiting. To our knowledge, Massachusetts is the first state in the U.S. to implement a statewide system of secure police credentials. Massachusetts law requires that every city and town issue identification cards to its full-time police officers, who are required to carry the card and exhibit it upon lawful request. However, there has never before been a standard for the design of the card leaving police departments to come up with their own. Additionally, most Police ID cards had no security elements so counterfeit cards could conceivably be made using off-the-shelf printers and software. The lack of uniform, secure credentials posed several security and public safety problems. It is not uncommon for people to commit crimes by posing as police officers. Lowell Officers are pleased to be part of this program. With the need of heighten security measures at its highest this program enhances public safety not only in Lowell MA but across the country.
Each card is serial numbered so that a lost or stolen card can be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The back of every card attests that the bearer is a law enforcement officer as defined by federal law. Since 2004, law enforcement officers have been empowered to carry firearms outside their own state provided that they carry photo identification issued by their departments. The cost of the first card issued to each police officer is paid using federal homeland security funding. Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, said, “Our commonwealth’s police Chiefs have afforded our citizens a reliable means to determine whether a person presenting police identification is authentic. This is in keeping with our mission to keep the public safe.”
Contact Public Information Officer:
Captain Kelly Richardson