By Sanjiv Sathiah
Sunday, Feb 5th, 2012 @ 2:43 am
 
A Vermont prison inmate, whose job it was to make stationery and license plates, has roasted Vermont's state troopers by adding the image of a pig to the state decal appearing on the side of police cruisers.

As is well known, the term "pig' has long been used as a derogatory term for police offices in many different parts of the world. The Washington Post reports that an officer recently noticed that one of the spots that appears on a cow seen on the 16-inch decal bore more than uncanny resemblance to a pig. State police, not known for telling porkies, say that the officer was carrying out an inspection on his vehicle when he realized that they had been swindled.

Correctional facility officers have discovered that up to 60 of the reworked decals have been trotted out of the prison printing shop in Saint Albans. It is also now known that around 30 of these have been added to police cruisers over the past year. The commissioner for the Department of Corrections, Andy Pallito, says that they have not yet identified which inmate was responsible for the embellishment. All that is known at this time is that an inmate was able to modify the computer program and insert the revised image.

"While some may find humor in the decal modifications, the joke unfortunately comes at the expense of the taxpayers," State police Major Bill Sheets said on Thursday. According to Maj. Sheets, the decals will be reprinted at the cost of $780 each and will come from a surplus in an ongoing fund raised for the offender work program.