The New York City Police Department has long had a reputation for issuing only one or two of each type of license plate, the one you see above.
But that’s changing.
The department is beginning to consider other options.
The city last month asked its licensing board to start a program to make certain that all of its officers have engraved license plates, said Sgt. William A. Fitzpatrick, a spokesman.
He did not say how many officers had received such plates.
The move comes as the city tries to boost police numbers, and in a bid to curb the gun violence that has taken its toll.
Last year, New York ranked eighth in the nation for gun violence.
“It’s a good thing to have a program in place, to have officers with the proper credentials,” said John W. O’Donnell, president of the New York State Police Association, which represents about 7,000 officers.
He said the plates could be used to trace a gun or a stolen car.
A new initiative is underway to add the plates to the city’s inventory.
The New Orleans Police Department last month announced that it would start issuing the new plates, which will cost $25 each.
The New York plates are engraved with an engraved pocket watch and an engraved brass ring.
They will be engraved in a variety of languages, from Latin to Spanish.
The officers will receive the plates in a black plastic envelope with a photo of the officer on the back.
The first license plate will be placed on police vehicles, and then will be used by other officers.
The program has been in the works for several years, Fitzpatrick said.
The department has seen a drop in violent crime, and it is not a priority for the department, Fitzpatrick added.
New York City is considering a program that would add a license plate to police cars, as well as a special plate for certain types of weapons.
The Police Department is considering several other proposals, according to Fitzpatrick, who said the city could adopt the idea as an option in the near future.
New Yorkers will have to apply for one of the new licenses within 30 days of being issued.