Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has demanded accountability from police supervisors in the case of a 14-year-old alleged police impersonator who has provided fresh comic fodder for late-night talk show hosts, says the Chicago Sun-Times. The boy’s mother identified him as eighth-grader Vincent Richardson, who she said pulled the stunt because he was bored. One source said the teenager “coded a couple of assignments,” meaning he used police codes to let a dispatcher know how he and his “partner” were handling particular calls. The teen apparently was allowed to drive the squad car.
Police Superintendent Jody Weis said he “shares the mayor’s concerns” about the “embarrassing” security breach. The department has reminded uniform vendors they cannot sell uniforms or equipment to anyone who does not show a star and police identification. Supervisors have also been reminding about roll call procedures and how to keep better track of their officers.