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A 14-year-old boy from Chicago has been charged with impersonating a police officer after dressing up in a copper's regulation uniform and reporting for duty at the city's Grand Crossing District station.

The boy identified himself as an officer from another district, and despite not having a badge, he was assigned traffic patrol in a squad car for five hours before the ruse was up.

He managed to sign out a police radio and ticket book, and he was partnered with a female officer while on duty. The youth apparently eluded suspicion because he knew police procedure from being a former member of the Chicago PD's youth outreach program.

It wasn't until after his five-hour tour that a sergeant questioned the boy's identity and asked why he wasn't wearing the proper brass.

Police say the boy did not have a gun, didn't drive the squad car, and never interacted with the public while present with the assigned officer.

But his mother told a local ABC affiliate that he went on 10 calls Saturday afternoon, including a some involving domestic violence complaints.

She said her son has wanted to be a police officer since he was five years old and claims the boy has pulled the same stunt before and was never prosecuted.

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said at a news conference today that the matter — including how he acquired a police uniform — is under investigation.

The youth appeared in a juvenile courtroom on Monday with hands cuffed behind his back, where he pleaded not guilty. (Clearly his mom isn't helping his case).

He'll also doubtlessly be hearing from Universal Studios' legal department for attempting to steal the plot of the 1993 flick, Cop and 1/2. ®

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