'Dupe' or 'fake' - what is the different ?
 

Yes, it is true, some officers worn 'dupe' (duplicates/respectively 'second') shields in the past. But the mentality has changed as Michael J. Palladino, the president of the city detectives union has reported to the New York Times in 2009.

Within the past 20 years I had some opportunities to get original shields and also a few of those 'dupes' by other collectors, decedent's property or auction platforms like formerly Badgeswap.com (unfortunately offline since 2018). Also a highly recommended website for police badges: CopCollector by (former police officer) Gerald Kern. You should join his newsletter to get the best offers.

A 'Dupe' is not a fake badge! Made by a real existing manufacturer of high quality badges for police, fire and other municipal agencies, it often contains the real existing officer's ID number, because the original does. Also many agencies allow their officers to buy a reproduction of their own shield, if it follows the department requirements. 



But, what is a 'fake badge' ?


This is a typical fake badge (gold varnish / zinc alloy), the shape is not correct, the seal is a mess, take a look at this -.20 ct. fake badge from China:

Original seal

Many fake badges comes with a hallmark from mocking companies whose names sound like "Willington & Billington"; "Danny & Hush" or "Abandale & Prescot" (sorry, I don't want to write their correct 'company' names here). Those 'companies' never have produced a badge for any US agency. I would call them 'fake companies', created as a masquerade for representing a 'real hallmark' to get a better price, e.g. on EBay.

examples in pictures:

Miami Fake (left) vs. Original (right)

(They use also my '842' number, for their fakes now !)

Nassau Lieutenant Fake (left) vs. Original (right)

 

NCIS Fake (left) vs. Original (right)

CHP, Highway Patrol Fake (left) vs. Original (right)

 

Dade County, FLA Fake (left) vs. Original (right)

NYPD faked Chief Badges (left) vs. Original (right) 

L.A.P.D.  Hat badge

L.A.P.D.  Badge

Beverly Hills Police Fake (left) vs. Original (right)

 

e.g. as you can see, fake seal is missing "CALIFORNIA" below

 

Following list contains well known fake badge numbers - so if you get a badge offered, including one of these badge numbers, take cake ! Maybe it is a 2cent cheap asia fake badge ... e.g. from China.

Attention: regarding Williams & Anderson CHP Badges, please read this important advise !

Department: Rank:

Badgenumber:

 Where (often) to buy:
         Texas Ranger all - Read more information's here
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Explorer E *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA K-9 1 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 211 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Lieutenant 416 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 504 hood.de
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 507 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Captain 569 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Sergeant 623 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Chief; Sergeant 714  ← Link to buy the Sergeant, or get it cheaper on: hood.de
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Traffic Agent 715 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Policeman 744 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Captain 806 DHgate.com
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 822 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Homicide 1009 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA SWAT 1015 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Metropolitan 1190 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 1200 hood.de
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Metropolitan 1439 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Sergeant 1490 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 1966 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Lieutenant; Detective 2157 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 2183  ← Link to buy 
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 2356 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 2430 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 2465  ← Link to buy
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 2471 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 2516 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Captain 2712 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 2784  ← Link to buy
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Sergeant 3221 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 3422 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 3740 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Sergeant 3902 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 4230 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Policeman 4793 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Policeman, Policewoman 4848 hood.de
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 5549 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 7056 (made by Goede, GER)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 7124 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Captain; Lieutenant; Sergeant; Detective; Police Officer 7167 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 7341 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Captain; Lieutenant; Sergeant; Detective; Police Officer 7665 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Captain; Lieutenant; Sergeant; Detective; Police Officer 10106 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Captain; Lieutenant; Sergeant; Detective; Police Officer 12116 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 13247 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 13520 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 13958 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 14285 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 14286 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 15859 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 16520 AliExpress
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 17125 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 21464 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA all ranks 26354 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 34865 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 46885 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Detective 51715 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Police Officer 53467 *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Homicide  not exist *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Rampart  not exist *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA Blade Runner  Fun badge *1)
LAPD (Los Angeles) CA   SWAT
 ← Link to buy
BHP (Beverly Hills) CA Detective 1 *1)
BHP (Beverly Hills) CA Detective 216 *1)
BHP (Beverly Hills) CA Police Officer; Detective 911 *1)
BHP (Beverly Hills) CA Police Officer; Detective 1492 *1)
SFPD (San Francisco) CA Police 378 *1)
SFPD (San Francisco) CA Police 411 *1)
SFPD (San Francisco) CA Inspector 766 *1)
SFPD (San Francisco) CA Corporal 820 (made by Goede, GER)
SFPD (San Francisco) CA Inspector 2211 (Dirty Harry Movie)
CHP (Highway Patrol) CA Traffic Officer 7845 (made by Goede, GER)
CHP (Highway Patrol) CA Officer 9856 *1)
CHP (Highway Patrol) CA Traffic Officer 8618 *1)
CHP (Highway Patrol) CA Officer 10752 *1)
CHP (Highway Patrol) CA Officer 16496 *1)
New York Dep.Insp. / Captain / Lt. / ... - Made in China dot com
New York Marshal 4 hood.de
New York Destrict Attorney 251 *1)
New York DEA 419 *1)
New York State New York State Police, Trooper Badge 800 (made by Goede, GER)
New York State EMT 2967 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective CSI hood.de
NYPD (NY City) Sergeant 106  *1)
NYPD (NY City) Sergeant 121 hood.de
NYPD (NY City) Sergeant 159 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Sergeant 238 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 272  *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 390 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 796  *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 800 hood.de
NYPD (NY City) Detective 816 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 851  *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 881 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 960 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective  ANDY SIPOWICZ (NYPD BLUE) 990 copcollector.com
real HQ replicas & originals
NYPD (NY City) Detective 1200 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 1314 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 1514 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 1690 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 1902 (made by Goede, GER)
NYPD (NY City) Sergeant 1911 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 1918  *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 2501 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 2588 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 3080 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 3379 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 3693 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 4115 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 4131 hood.de
NYPD (NY City) Sergeant 4921 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 5566  *1)
NYPD (NY City) Detective 5779 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 9191 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 9730  *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 12467 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer + Hatbadge 13491 Alibaba or *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer + Hatbadge 15478 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 19115 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 19225 *1)
NYPD (NY City) Police Officer 35799 *1)
New York / New Jersey Port Authority Detective  125 (faked "US Badge Co" hallm.)
New Jersey State Police 507  *1)
New Jersey State Police 5075 copcollector.com 
real HQ replicas & originals

 *1)  mostly on EBAY Germany
or directly on Alibaba.com

   
© Lars Zeiss

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