Police union slashes number of 'get out of jail free' cards issued

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association boss Pat Lynch slashed the maximum number of "get out of jail free" courtesy cards that could be issued to current cops from 30 to 20, and to retirees from 20 to 10, sources told The Post.

The cards are often used to wiggle out of minor trouble such as speeding tickets, the theory being that presenting one suggests you know someone in the NYPD.

The rank and file is livid.

"They are treating active members like shit, and retired members even worse than shit," griped an NYPD cop who retired on disability. "All the cops I spoke to were... very disappointed they couldn't hand them out as Christmas gifts."

A source said Lynch ordered the cutback to stop the sale of the cards, which were being hawked on eBay last week for as much as $200.

The PBA and the NYPD declined comment.

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10 Responses:

  1. bizzy_ says:

    Even the graphics on the card are sickening. Jesus. How is this not being prosecuted by the FBI?

    • Adelson says:

      You don't like that NYPD PBA graphic, bizzy? How about this one?

      P.S. : Regarding the linked picture, do you see that building with the giant flag that the policeman is defending with his gun? Have any idea what building it is?

      It's the New York Stock Exchange.

  2. Can you collect them and avoid bigger crimes?
    Asking for a friend.

  3. Koleslaw says:

    So can we assume the default stance of NYPD cops in general is to beat the shit out of anyone unless they show one of these cards?

  4. Lloyd says:

    It seems ripe for some Abbie Hoffman style antics. Print up 10,000 counterfeit cards and sprinkle them around the bus stations.

    • Jeremy Leader says:

      If the goal is, as stated, to "stop the sale of the cards", making them scarcer will just drive up the price. Handing out free cards to every citizen of or visitor to New York City, now that would cut down on the sale of them!

  5. Kevin Lyda says:

    How is this not viewed as blatant corruption?

  6. Kristie says:

    So...how do these work, logistically? If I only have a 2015 version of this card, does that mean it’s expired and therefore no good?

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