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25 years ago: ID badges to be required in police headquarters

March 13, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 13, 1988:

Beginning next week, all Lawrence police personnel and all members of the news media would be required to wear identification badges while in the police offices of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center. Police officials said that the idea was to make officers more recognizable and eliminate confusion in the administrative offices. "Basically, the passes are intended to help people in the building identify us," said police Lt. David Cobb. "We're not always readily identified, because a lot of us are not in uniform." Members of the news media were being required to either have badges made or substitute an approved picture identification card of their own. Douglas County Sheriff Rex Johnson said that his office would not be following suit, with badges not to be a requirement in his department's offices just down the hall. Fire and ambulance officials said that they would also not be requiring badges.

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