So I just finished watching today’s two episodes of Adam-12 and have a question about police badges. At the end, the TV shows their two badges while the credits run. Pete Malloy’s badge number is 744 (I would think), so that would mean Jim Reed’s is badge 2230 (I think that’s the number). Now because Pete is an Officer III and Jim is still a probationary policeman, I assume that is the reason for the difference in their badge numbers - Pete has been on the job longer so has a lower number (which is why I think those are the badges that belong to them).
But they work in LA - how in the world could Pete have theen the 744th officer hired for the Los Angeles Police Department? The 2230 would make some sense, I suppose, but if you follow my logic here (I know - difficult at best) it would appear that badge numbers are given out in Adam-12 land in the order that people are hired.
In the real world (which is why I am putting this here) how ARE police badge numbers assigned?