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Police Union Cards Used to Get Cop Relatives Out of Minor Jams are Selling on eBay

New York police union cards, which officers  give their friends and family as ‘get out of jail free’ cards for minor  offenses, are selling on eBay for as much as $100 a pop and city authorities are  fuming, the New York Post reports.

The union cards are meant to be used to prove  that a police officer can vouch for another person, though holders often use  them to get out of minor incidents like parking and speeding violations.

A New Yorker who shows one of the cards along  with identification is indicating that he or she is either a cop or closely  connected to one.

Hot item: New York police union cards are selling on eBay for between $10 and $100

‘It’s a way for a police officer to vouch for  another person,’ City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. told the Post. ‘That  type of recommendation shouldn’t be available to the highest bidder.’

Cards from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent  Association, Detectives’ Endowment Association, the Lieutenants Benevolent  Association and the Sergeants Benevolent Association are also selling on the  auction site at different price ranges.

The cards that represent officers of a higher  rank are reportedly worth more because they carry more weight than a street  patrolman’s card.

Some cards are priced as low as  $10.

Police union leaders and elected officials  say they want an investigation carried out and are looking for a way to stop the  online card sales.

New York Republican Councilman Dan Halloran  of Queens said he fears the cards could end up with terrorists or  criminals.

For sale: The union cards are meant to be used to prove that a police officer can vouch for another person, though holders often use them to get out of minor incidents like parking and speeding violations.

‘Having the card in conjunction with a  properly formatted wallet and a courtesy shield — that’s the problem,’ said  Halloran, who serves on the city’s Public Safety Committee.

New York Democratic Councilman Dan Garodnick  of Manhattan said he thinks the cards should be eliminated completely to avoid  ethical breaches.

‘Our traffic laws should not be enforced with  winks and nods,’ he told the Post. ‘I don’t know which is worse, the existence  of a get-out-of-jail-free card or the fact that the cards are being hawked on  the Internet.’

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One Response to Police Union Cards Used to Get Cop Relatives Out of Minor Jams are Selling on eBay

  1. saul

    January 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

    what a disgrace. on what grounds should anyone, even a cop himself be allowed to ” get himself” out of moving vehicle tickets or parking infractions. are we to understand that being a cop, or a relative, or a friend of one. allows a person to break the law?
    there should not be any union cards like this.