- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 16, 2001

After being told they could not fly the American flag on their cruisers, Maryland State Police officers got approval to display U.S. flag decals in their cruisers' rear windows instead.
Many officers wanted to display the flag after airliners hijacked by terrorists crashed into the two World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon on Tuesday, said Princess Anne County Barracks Sgt. Michael Gordy.
"We don't want to stop our people from showing their patriotism and grieving in the wake of terrorists acts this week," said Lt. Bud Frank, a public-information officer of the Maryland State Police.
However, fluttering flags could not be permitted on radio antennas or across windows because of the possibility of damaging instruments and interfering with law-enforcement duties, officials said.
Regulations forbid troopers from placing decorations on their patrol cars, even if it's Old Glory.
"We're not allowed to put anything on or in our cars until approved," Lt. Frank said. "The department is rich in uniformity."
Although requests to display the flag had not officially made their way to police headquarters from personnel in the barracks, state police Superintendent Col. David B. Mitchell and Field Operations Chief William Arrington conferred Friday and approved the display of decals, which were to be fastened to the cruisers' passenger windows behind the drivers.
Troopers will have to pay for the decals out of their own pockets.

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