This lap dance was a gold medal performance.
A commemorative “challenge coin” has been made to mark NYPD rookie officer Vera Mekuli’s infamous lap dance for a married lieutenant at the 44th Precinct’s 2021 holiday party.
One side of the patch says “NYPD XXX-Mas Party 2021” and “Cumming home late” with an image of two women who appear to be strippers in Santa hats. The other side says “Rookie of the Year” and “In the Line of Booty” – a rip-off of the Post’s title on the boozy party – with the image of a stripper.
Photos of the piece were seen by The Post. It is unknown who produced it and if it was sold and for how much.
These collectible coins are designed to represent police stations or divisions, act as a joke, or mark an event such as the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. An NYPD Counterterrorism Division coin for the anniversary se recently sold on eBay for $29.
“Usually they’re tastefully done,” said Michael Alcazar, a retired NYPD detective who is now an assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “I think it would be embarrassing and insulting to other police officers, especially a female police commissioner.”
Alcazar added that the lap dance piece “undermines the hard work of female police officers. It’s pretty awful. You have your first female commissioner and all of this is happening under her administration.
Mekuli, 27, did not respond to a request for comment on the piece.
She hardly escaped the limelight. She posted a provocative photo shoot on her Instagram page last month wearing a skimpy costume as comedic villain Harley Quinn. She then laughed as she showed a copy of The Post with her photo.
In her latest Instagram post, dated Thursday, Mekuli poses in her NYPD uniform. She captioned it “Wait wait a minute…y’all thought I was done?” She added a smiley face emoji with a hand over her mouth.
Mekuli was suspended in May for making a scene about the arrest of a drunk relative in New Jersey. But she is still assigned to the Bronx’s 44th Precinct, the NYPD said earlier this month.
The department did not respond to a request for comment on the challenge coin.
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