Flashing your badge won’t get you special treatment. In fact, it will likely cost you.
That’s the lesson six police officers learned last year, according to the 2014 annual report from the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.
Four Vancouver cops, a Transit Police officer and one from New Westminster all either flashed their badge or identified themselves as officers, in a bid to get out of trouble.
Four were involved drunk driving, one in a fight, and the other, inappropriate behaviour at a casino.
They all received extra punishment for discreditable conduct and were suspended without pay, for between one and three days.
In other incidents, three Transit Police officers were suspended for two for humiliating and embarrassing a female officer during a squad meeting.
They were also undergo Respect in the Workplace training. Their supervisor got the same punishment.
An Abbotsford officer was suspended for six days for acting unprofessionally with female staff members, and had his rank reduced for a year after having a relationship with someone he was looking to hire.
Finally, a New Westminser cop was demoted for eight months after showing up drunk at a woman’s home, unwanted.