Monday, December 22, 2008

St. Louis Police Bling

  • St. Louis' new police chief and other top officers in the department are receiving gold-filled badges worth nearly $2,000 each.

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that that's about 100 times the price of a patrolman's badge. And it's more than other departments spend. For example, Kansas City Police Chief James Corwin's badge cost $48.75.

    But it's a lot less than the $5,900 each the city spent on two solid-gold badges for Chief Daniel Isom's predecessor, Joe Mokwa.

We figure the aldercreatures and Shortshanks will be lined up for these items. J-Fed could buy his own.

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32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

all i got was cubic zirconium on mine.

12/22/2008 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, what do you bet they get to keep the bling when they retire? Just a little 'going away' present.

12/22/2008 01:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only if it comes with a pair of ghetto rims.

12/22/2008 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they come with chrome rims? I know that in Chicago you need a suspended D.L. to have chrome rims.

12/22/2008 02:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats why they are called gold stars !

12/22/2008 05:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J-fed will design his own.

12/22/2008 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cant we get a gold-filled BK crown for lilly?

12/22/2008 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous The Village Idiot said...

"St. Louis Police Bling"

We figure the aldercreatures and Shortshanks will be lined up for these items. J-Fed could buy his own.

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Shortshanks, the alderwhores AND J-Fed ALL have slush funds attached to their office that require no reporting as to the distribution of their funds. I believe these jags already carry a "badge" of some sort. For all we know, they're already flashing around their 'gold bling badge' to their friends and family & laughing about their "authority" over the police. If every foolish expenditure like this by our nations' polititions were stopped, how much better off would we be today?
IT'S ALL LEGIT!

;>

12/22/2008 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the platinum handcuffs?

They be styling.

12/22/2008 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous An Old Sergeant said...

Badges? Badges?!?! They don't need no stinking badges!

12/22/2008 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Reverend Al said...

Are they low-rider badges? Worn on their flys?

12/22/2008 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, the black ink inside the print on ours cannot even stay.
You have to go over it with a black magic marker when it comes falls out!

12/22/2008 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheaper than all those take-home cars that aren't needed...tact Lt.s...Area Lts...IAD sgts...civilian directors...etc etc etc... Actually, the uniform allowance for Masters, Daly, Brust and J-Fed (none of whom have any business wearing a police uniform) adds up to more than this. No big deal-Chicago has St. Louis beat in wasteful spending.

12/22/2008 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We kind of have that here. When the Great Terry Hillard was our fearless leader he decided to redesign the star. An open request for designs was issued and 5 of them made it to the Great Terry Hillard's desk. Terry decided he didn't like any of them and instead designed the current security guard star all non-exempts carry himself. So when Terry wasn't going on TV moments after the latest police shooting declaring the officers were in the wrong, he was at home designing bling for us all. However the exempt stars must have been bling enough or maybe he ran out of time.

12/22/2008 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maan, i'd melt that sucker down and take the day for lost badge!!!

12/22/2008 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that again SCC brings things to light! Why do all the aldergoofs carry a badge? Why does the city clerk and treasure have a badge? Even more why does the city clerks investigators who make tons of easy money have badges and only write parking tickets+ Monthly expense accounts? Cuts here? Guess not!

12/22/2008 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Miss Lilly.

12/22/2008 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhhhhhh.......cops and badges. I remember when there was a proposal to switch badges from stars to shields ala LAPD and there was a damn near mutiny from the rank and file. Then Terry and Co. decided they needed to "replace" our 1955-era stars with the shitty, poorly produced items we now carry. Most already have numbers missing, have plating fading or are bent from flimsy design.

Someone got $$$ from both the replacement of our old stars and the "buy back" of your star/hat shield sunk in Lucite. Hey Jody...check the money trail and see who made bank on that transaction.

Most cops would gladly pay out of their own pocket for a quality product. And don't for a minute think that the St Louis police are idiots. When Albert Seedman was Chief of Detectives with the NYPD he had a 24K shield struck with dept approval which he flashed at every opportunity.

12/22/2008 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The honor isn't in the star. It's in the person it's pinned to.


----not a cop

12/22/2008 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Golden Grills for e'eryone!!!

12/22/2008 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wold settle for a 50.00 star over the crap that we have now.

12/22/2008 03:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know who got the kickback from purchasing all the replacement badges for CPD, but they are really poor craftsmanship as I have seen the enamel paint has fallen off several that I've seen. Maybe it was a minority contract like everything else in the city, such as your new district stations that are already falling apart and they are new or fairly new. How much did someone get for those contracts?????

12/22/2008 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to a jeweler and tried to get a back-up copy of my star made. Guy refused. Said he would work on anything that cheap and shoddy...

12/22/2008 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Maan, i'd melt that sucker down and take the day for lost badge!!!

12/22/2008 10:29:00 AM"



Diabolical.

12/22/2008 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are they doing about the condition of our new stars? It's embarrassing wearing these things.

12/22/2008 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to 3:54pm
I spoke to a now retired PO who stated that the company that made them had been subject to an investigation due to selling our badges without permission. Some guy was arrested, but they and the dealer were never punished, in fact thay got the new contract without any real competition .
Some said that Sen Kennedy was involved

12/22/2008 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Retarded Supt Terry Hillyessuh said...

"We kind of have that here. When the Great Terry Hillard was our fearless leader he decided to redesign the star. An open request for designs was issued and 5 of them made it to the Great Terry Hillard's desk. Terry decided he didn't like any of them and instead designed the current security guard star all non-exempts carry himself. So when Terry wasn't going on TV moments after the latest police shooting declaring the officers were in the wrong, he was at home designing bling for us all. However the exempt stars must have been bling enough or maybe he ran out of time."

12/22/2008 10:28:00 AM

Why, I resembles dat remark! I'm's gonna tell Mr Jody on yall, you knows he's mah special friend! I justs loves me a Fe-de-ral agent, why, I works for one right nows!!! Im gonna makes him suspends, fires and indict yall; den I'm gonna have him put cameras in yall cars and stall yall contracts, den if you gets shots, he and I will abandons ya!!! But I will forgives ya if you buys my book, available on Assmazon .com, or at 1-800-Dumbass.
The LAWD our Mayor is right bout you ingrate police officers!!!! I appreshiated everything the Lawd our Mayor done for us, just count my lip prints on his ass!
What for you thinks about dat?

12/22/2008 08:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The honor isn't in the star. It's in the person it's pinned to.


----not a cop

Excellent point not a cop.

_____ a cop

12/22/2008 09:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to 3:54pm
I spoke to a now retired PO who stated that the company that made them had been subject to an investigation due to selling our badges without permission. Some guy was arrested, but they and the dealer were never punished, in fact thay got the new contract without any real competition .
Some said that Sen Kennedy was involved

12/22/2008 07:38:00 PM


I WANT MORE!!!!!!!!!

12/23/2008 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous An Old Sergeant said...

When the old "pie plates" were replaced by the new stars (you know, the ones that just got replaced), bids were let out and the winner was a firm in NY state that underbid a manufacturer that was right here in the city (C. H. Hanson)by 25 cents a badge. So the contract went to NY, not Chicago. Eventually, the NY firm went belly-up and the CPD dies were sold to some outfit in Wisconsin (City purchasing wasn't smart enough to make sure the city retained ownership of the dies). The Wisconsin outfit used them to make belt buckles which were a precise replica of the CPD button (you needed to paint them silver). When CPD needed more badges, they weren't available. If you run across any old badges, you will see the originals were stamped from sheet metal; after the dies were gone, the later ones were cast from a mold at considerable expense. And over the years any number were lost or stolen. In summary, too many in the wrong hands and no way to get new ones except to keep casting them.

The old ones did stand up to the wear-and-tear of every day use. And a lot of local platers, jewelers, and even gunsmiths (remember local gunsmiths?) would even nickle-plate them for you for erf--oops, can I say that here?

Just some ramblings from an old-timer.

12/23/2008 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone should know, the company that produced the badge that are poor quality and falling apart is:
V.H. Blackinton Company from Mass.

12/23/2008 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do cops even need stars or badges? it seems like an anachronism.

12/23/2008 07:13:00 PM  

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