Let’s be cops – Or how Hollywood ignores the law

I have seen “Let’s be cops” last night and I started cringing really hard at the stuff the guys impersonating cops were doing and how much the other cops let them get away with it without catching on to the fact that they are fake. Now, if I were a civilian being asked to pull over by a cop – I would demand to see his badge and ID and ask him to tell me his badge ID for me (he should know it by heart).

Also, a cop cannot ask you to get out of your vehicle. He can ask you to roll the window down while keeping your hands on the steering wheel, but not to get out. And a cop without a partner can’t do f&*k all – he needs a witness from his own peers in order to do anything… And what really annoyed me – you can’t check out surveillance material from NYPD or LAPD for the matter without a valid badge and a trail of paperwork… And not in a few hours/minutes!

OK – now for what Hollywood forgot to mention (or mentioned briefly)

Charge Did it ever happen in Real Life? Punishment
Cops smoking weed Cops Caught Smoking Weed… Even They Like Weed In NY state possession of 25 grams or less has been de-criminalized. That is to say if you are caught for the first time. The second time you will have to show up in court but it is still a minor offense and you will not go to jail. As the number of times caught the punishment goes up. If you are caught with more than 25 grams or you are smoking in a public place then you will be charged around 250$ and might go to prison.
Impersonating a police officer Manchester Police drop case of protester arrested for impersonating a police officer while wearing a pig mask

To get donuts

Directing traffic

At a funeral

Police Act 1996 s 90 created offences relating to the impersonation of a police officer:

(1) Any person who with intent to deceive impersonates a member of a police force or special constable, or makes any statement or does any act calculated falsely to suggest that he is such a member or constable, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.

(2) Any person who, not being a constable, wears any article of police uniform in circumstances where it gives him an appearance so nearly resembling that of a member of a police force as to be calculated to deceive shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(3) Any person who, not being a member of a police force or special constable, has in his possession any article of police uniform shall, unless he proves that he obtained possession of that article lawfully and has possession of it for a lawful purpose, be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale.

Add more if you know any!!

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