There are all kinds of traditions in law enforcement—both formal and informal.
A formal tradition would be the awesome displays of respect and appreciation we see when an officer is killed in the line of duty.
As far as the informal traditions, there’s the semi-annual subterfuge revolving around the destruction, theft, or replacement of signs supporting political candidates running for sheriffs offices.
We’ve got a story out of New Jersey on this issue that made it all the way to the Supreme Court in the June issue of American Police Beat.
In the meantime, here’s an entertaining tale on the same subject out of South Carolina.
Here’s a teaser quote: “”I’ve had my big highway signs with my picture on them damaged people have cut out my face on those signs.”