This is a follow-up to this question. In it, I talk about how I see it as problematic that the identities of LEOs investigating an active case can be publicized. If that case concerns a serial killer, or perhaps members of organized crime, it seems like the investigators could become the target of assassination, threats, blackmail and bribery.
According to this article, LEOs are not mandated by federal or state law to disclose their identity, though this may be mandated at a municipal level. Given I'm writing a fictive work set in NYC, I'm specifically asking the following questions, in relation to that jurisdiction in particular:
- Are on-duty officers required to identify themselves in NYC?
- Are on-duty officers allowed to lie about their identity in NYC?
- Are on-duty officers allowed to show a fake badge in NYC?
If the answer to 1. and 2. is 'yes', but the answer to 3. is 'no', perhaps they're allowed to swiftly flash their badges whilst stating a false identity?