Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight I am here to dispel the notion that these Officers are insidiously removing their badges to escape accountability.
The Officers in the photo above are from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The media has noted a lack of badges on the Officers in question. One could make the massive logical leap to the conclusion that these Police Officers are doing so to skip out on accountability. However, a more simple and less nefarious reason exist. Missouri State Highway Patrol Officers do not routinely wear badges on their uniform shirts. In fact, if you look closely at Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson’s uniform shirt, you’ll notice that there are no badge tabs on his uniform which would allow him to attach said badge.
A quick glance over of Missouri State Highway Patrol’s memorial page turns up this paragraph: Uniformed members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol do not wear badges and the memorial pin was adopted to allow our employees to show their support for law enforcement.
I don’t know how long this has been going on, but I can only imagine it wasn’t very recently.
As an aside, uniformed Pennsylvania State Police and New York State Police Officers do not routinely wear badges on their chest area as well.