Buffalo police officers no longer required to wear name on badge

Buffalo police to no longer be required to wear name on badge

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Out of concern for officer safety, the Buffalo Police Department made a change to its dress code policy — officers are no longer required to wear their name on their badge.

Officers will still have to wear their badge number as part of the changes implemented about a week ago, WKBW reported.

Buffalo police officers covered their name tags during a protest in August, WKBW reported. At the time, department policy mandated officers' “uniforms to be worn properly. Name tags must always be displayed on the outer most garment.”

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The police union had been working on the changes since August.

Critics oppose the move as an effort to create less transparency.

FILE PHOTO: Out of concern for officer safety, the Buffalo Police Department made a change to its dress code policy — officers are no longer required to wear their name on their badge.
FILE PHOTO: Out of concern for officer safety, the Buffalo Police Department made a change to its dress code policy — officers are no longer required to wear their name on their badge. (Buffalo Police Department/Buffalo Police Department)