Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) joined Assemblyman Felix Ortiz at a press conference on March 14 to endorse legislation that would create identification cards for all police and peace officers. Currently, police departments across the state issue their own identification cards that are not recognizable in other jurisdictions and can cause confusion during crisis situations. Assembly bill 8542, noted Montesano, would make New York safer and better equipped to thwart terrorists access to vital government facilities and information systems by creating a uniform standard of identification that, unlike a badge or a uniform, contains high-tech security features making it nearly impossible to counterfeit.
When combating terrorism and other emergency situations, a concern is the stealing of police uniforms in order to gain access to information and areas used by law enforcement, said Montesano. Legislation creating one uniform identification card for all police officers is the best way to address this issue. With these high-tech identification cards that are nearly impossible to counterfeit, we can ensure that only police and peace officers are able to utilize the essential places and data used to keep us safe.