COVINGTON—District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced Friday (Feb. 26) that he has issued new, individually-numbered badges and identification cards for his attorneys and investigators. All other badges are considered expired and invalid.
The numbered badges are designed to protect the public from potential misuse. The District Attorney’s office is keeping track of every badge and I.D. card issued and their status.
“When we came into office, we realized there was incomplete record-keeping for individuals who received badges and I.D.s,” Montgomery said. “We are addressing that.”
The new badges are oval in appearance, unlike the shield shape of the old badges. The new photo identification cards contain a picture of the person to whom the badge has been issued and a photo of the numbered badge. The I.D. cards expire annually and must be renewed.
Old badges and I.D. cards were collected from his staff members before issuing the new ones, but the public should be aware that if someone flashes a District Attorney’s badge that does not contain a number, it is invalid. Also, if a photo identification card does not have a photo of the numbered badge, it is expired.