Officers blamed for boy's impersonation hoax

February 25, 2009 2:11:59 PM PST
An internal investigation into how a 14-year-old boy was able to pass himself off as a Chicago police officer blames at least five officers for the breach. Last month, the teenager, who somehow managed to buy a police uniform, went on patrol with another officer for several hours before a sergeant learned who he was.

The Internal Affairs division recently completed an investigation into the matter. According to the Sun-times, no recommendations for possible discipline have been passed along just yet.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the investigation found that the five police personnel failed to follow rules and regulations that would have prevented the hoax.

The Internal Affairs division recently completed an investigation into the matter. According to the Sun-times, no recommendations for possible discipline have been passed along just yet.

The officers could face possible disciplinary action, ranging from reprimands to suspensions.

The department will not make its findings public until Superintendent Jody Weis can review them.

On January 24, investigators say the teenager walked into the Grand Crossing district station and claimed he had been assigned to work traffic patrol.


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