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ID Badges for Police Departments

Law enforcement ID cards serve a number of highly important functions. They allow the public to identify police officers and enforcement agents, and offer assurance that the cardholders aren’t impostors. Because of the importance of these cards, it’s critical that they include features which will prevent tampering and counterfeiting. Most Police ID cards will incorporate security elements such as holographic overlays and logos, along with the cardholder’s signature and fingerprint.

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  • Police Stations & Departments
  • Sheriff Offices
  • Security Agencies
  • Law Enforcement
  • SWAT Team Units

How do Police Departments use ID Cards?

Officer ID CardsProper identification in a law enforcement setting is a key component of maintaining secure operations, particularly visual identification when interacting with the public and other agents. ID cards can be worn by officers at all times so that the public is aware of their status in the community. Typically, ID cards are worn on badge reels, cips or lanyards by the employee and should be identifiable from several feet away.
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Visitor ManagementAll visitors entering law enforcement agencies should be properly identified. Typically, visitors will first register at the reception area and obtain a visitor badge before gaining access to certain areas of the police station. This method prevents potentially dangerous intruders from freely roaming a police department or holding area. One of the best ways to increase security in a police department is an effective visitor management system.
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Multifunctional & Smart CardsUnique to ID cards is that they serve a much greater purpose other than simple photo identification. It’s quite common for police department and other law enforcement agencies to invest in data storage technologies (e.g. barcodes & magnetic stripe cards) to update and keep track of all officers, police chiefs, and police department personnel. Additionally, Smart cards can be used as access control cards.
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Access ControlYou’ll find that both small and large police departments heavily rely on access control cards to allow authorized individuals to enter certain areas such as evidence rooms. These are typically officers, chiefs, and evidence technicians who are permitted to enter sensitive areas. An access control card is a sure-fire way to prevent unauthorized persons such as intruders from gaining access to restricted areas and compromising security.
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Business CardsLet’s face it — many of today’s business cards are flimsy and easily tear, especially when crammed inside a wallet. For almost all workers and employees, it’s necessary to have a high-quality business card to hand out at networking events, to friends & family members, and to acquaintances. PVC business cards are sturdy, meant to last, and are the perfect solution for a long-lasting business card.
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Learn More About Police ID Badges

Police stations use ID cards to identify officers and enforcement agents, and to control access to secure facilities. The sensitive nature of these IDs requires they have a high level of card security.

Other elements commonly found on police ID cards include a high-quality image of the officer, and identification information such as the cardholder’s name, department and job title.

Technological advancements have also allowed many police departments to enhance the functionality of their ID cards. With components like embedded smart chips and proximity technology, police IDs can be integrated with access control systems and store secure encrypted information. Additionally, they can help control access to computer networks, police services, and sensitive data.

AlphaCard works closely with police departments to develop complete photo ID systems that meet strict government standards. We offer a variety of packages fit for police ID programs of all sizes. Each system features a professional ID printer along with software and all the supplies and equipment for printing durable, highly-secure ID cards and badges suitable for police ID applications. Give us a call at (800) 717-8080 and discover why AlphaCard is a long-trusted provider of police ID systems.