This law has come up before in reference to MPA stickers. I would guess that it is not enforced too often. If, however, an officer was to make an individual remove an MPA sticker from thier window(Just an example) this would be the law that allows them to do it.
Whoever, not being a member of a society, association or labor union, for the purpose of representing that he is a member thereof, wilfully wears or uses the insignia, ribbon, badge, rosette, button or emblem thereof, if it has been registered in the office of the state secretary, shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one month, or both.
This law is very trick any you have to take it word by word. I heard of an officer that charged a person with this for an MPA sticker and all hell broke loose. First, it created a problem that the judge could not believe there is a decal out there that might get you out of a ticket. Secondly, look word for word. Just having it on your vehicle is not saying you are representing you are a member and uses had a different meaning. This law was created to protect associations from having their seals used by companies or some of these nuts going around asking for police donations. The case was dismissed and the DA office said they never want to see a case like that again.
In regards to the stickers on cars: I understand that the stickers are only supposed to be affixed to a MV registered to the member of the MPA... I have one on my MV and I give one to my father and to my girlfriend. I want to know how some people would react if they stopped a family member, g/friend and it wasnt the MPA member's MV how they would react. I know some people do give consideration and don't make a big deal, have a nice day. But then I know that there some guys out there who if stopped someone would give a hard time to someone, say it was a girlfriend of a PO. I know if I stopped someone and they had a sticker and I asked about it and they said that thier son or daugther, girlfriend/boyfriend was a PO and they could tell me who and where they worked I would give them consideration. I wouldnt make a stink and tell them to peel it off. Just wondering how you guys feel about that.
I had a Wellesley Cop take one off of my FATHERS windshield not long ago. Had his own razor in the cruiser. There's a slap in the face. The old man said he was a real a-hole about it too: "You can't have that!"
I have observed Officers I work with peel old MPA stickers off M/V when the operator stated that the sticker just came with the car when he purchased it. Any Officer that would remove an MPA sticker from a cops fathers M/V is a first class jerk. If this incident happened to my father I would call the department and ask to speak with the Officer. I feel that if you are a police officer the MPA sticker does not mean anything because you have your department ID and or badge. The MPA sticker is for your mom/dad/wife/sister/brother. :2c: