“Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”
That is the classic line out of the 1948 movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
That also is now the case in San José. The municipality, in considerably more civilized tones, pointed out in a press release that so many of the metal badges used by the Policía Municipal have been misplaced that they are being discontinued. The Dirección de Seguridad Ciudadana of the municipality said that those badges that are in the hands of police officers are being retrieved and taken out of circulation.
Marcelo Solano Ortiz, director of the municipal security force, said in a statement that badges have been lost and citizens have complained that they have suffered from situations in which persons pretending to be police showed badges.
The security agency said it would receive citizen complaints about misuse of badges at 2547-6020.