Every year, NYPD officers, active and retired, cards known as “get out of jail free cards.” OK, they’re not really “get out of jail free” cards.Â These courtesy cards issued by theÂ The New York Patrolmenâ€™s Benevolent Association (PBA) allow their family members and friends to evade minor traffic violations. Those who possess them can get out of parking tickets, traffic violations and other minor incidents. If the violation is serious enough, a summons will still be given. The card merely means that an officer vouches for the person. However, many on the force are pissed off after the PBA has announced that it will be limiting the number of cards they will be dispensing to officers and retirees. The number of cards issued to current officers will be reduced from 30 to 20. The number issued to retirees will go from 20 to 10.Before, the PBA was giving out at least 720,000 cards every year to its 24,000 active cops annually, but now, there will be 480,000 given.
This move was made by PBA boss Pat Lynch, because he feels that too many officers are selling their cards online. According to RT:
A quick search on eBay revealsÂ severalÂ of the passes from different unions and agencies are being sold anywhere from $30 to $200. Most of the listings state that the cards areÂ â€śnovelty itemsâ€ťÂ only meant forÂ â€ścollectors.â€ťÂ Many of the sellerâ€™s accounts showed they have sold multiple cards that were issued this year.
One sellerÂ listedÂ a 2018 Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) PBA card forÂ â€śfor collectible purposes only!!!â€ťÂ The sellerâ€™s account showed they had previously sold at least five and still had three available.
Another sellerÂ listedÂ aÂ â€śbrand newâ€ťÂ signed 2018 SBA PBA card for $119, with a description that warned buyers that it was being sold asÂ â€śa collectible, and possession implies no membership, association, or affiliation with the SBA, or the NYPD PBA.”
â€śIt is sold strictly as a collectible and conveys no special privileges,â€ťÂ the seller added.
As stated earlier, the cops aren’t taking kindly to the reduction in cards.Â â€śThey are treating active members like shit, and retired members even worse than shit,â€ť said a retired officer. â€śAll the cops I spoke to were very disappointed they couldnâ€™t hand them out as Christmas gifts.â€ť
Did you know police officers were offered this privilege? How do you feel about it? Comment below.