CHAPTER 37. PERJURY AND OTHER FALSIFICATION
§ 37.12. FALSE IDENTIFICATION AS PEACE OFFICER; MISREPRESENTATION OF PROPERTY.
(a) A person commits an offense
(1) the person makes, provides to another person, or
possesses a card, document, badge, insignia, shoulder emblem, or
other item bearing an insignia of a law enforcement agency that
identifies a person as a peace officer or a reserve law enforcement
(2) the person who makes, provides, or possesses the
item bearing the insignia knows that the person so identified by the
item is not commissioned as a peace officer or reserve law
enforcement officer as indicated on the item.
(b) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that:
(1) the card, document, badge, insignia, shoulder
emblem, or other item bearing an insignia of a law enforcement
agency clearly identifies the person as an honorary or junior peace
officer or reserve law enforcement officer, or as a member of a
(2) the person identified as a peace officer or
reserve law enforcement officer by the item bearing the insignia
was commissioned in that capacity when the item was made; or
(3) the item was used or intended for use exclusively
for decorative purposes or in an artistic or dramatic presentation.
(c) In this section, "reserve law enforcement officer" has
the same meaning as is given that term in Section 1701.001,
(d) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally
or knowingly misrepresents an object as property belonging to a law
(e) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor.