A 14-year-old social engineers the police

From Fox News in Chicago:

A 14-year-old boy was charged with false impersonation of a police officer after entering a South Side police station in full uniform Saturday and “reporting for duty.”

No biggie, right?  The police laughed in his face, gave him a stern talking-to, and took him back home to his parents, right??  Nope.  According to the story on the main Fox News website, the boy "managed to get an assignment — patroling in a squad car for five hours before he was detected".  Holy Cop Caper, Batman. 

On a good note:

The boy did not have a gun, never issued any tickets and didn't drive the squad car, Deputy Superintendent Daniel Dugan said.

Another good note is that the police are acknowledging that this is "a serious security breach" and aren't just blowing it off.

But those good notes are really only good for this particular event.  As funny as it seems on the outside, the implications are VERY scary.  This boy had spent some time in a program for youths ("youts" for all the My Cousin Vinny fans) interested in policing, so the police are guessing that he may have been familiar with some procedures that helped him blend in.  So how difficult would it be for an adult to learn some of these same procedures and do some real damage?  This is just crazy.


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