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Toledo Chief Bans Officers Working Off Duty at Bars

March 28, 2014  | 

A directive from Toledo (Ohio) PD Chief William Moton was sent out Wednesday afternoon immediately terminating off-duty police work at bars, nightclubs, and taverns — any business where alcohol sales are the primary source of revenue, reports the Toledo Blade.

“It's actually our policy,” police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said. “We have made exceptions to this rule in the past, and those exceptions, for the most part, have been pulled.”

The notice to officers states that the chief can still grant exceptions to the rule if officers are asked to work special events — like festivals — where a liquor license is required.

The notice to officers states that the chief can still grant exceptions to the rule if officers are asked to work special events — like festivals — where a liquor license is required.

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Hoshi @ 3/29/2014 10:58 AM

Late 70s early 80s had second job as doorman/bouncer at a Disco. We had to be armed and stop at the PD to pick up a portable radio in case of trouble. We were not on City time but had to have all side jobs approved by the Chief. We couldn't be bartenders or taxi drivers. Made real good money on this one. Ah the days.

kevcpaz @ 3/29/2014 4:37 PM

Phx. PD has always allowed off duty work(once approved), not normally bars but most other places. The key is the Phx. policy which allows officers to wear the issued uniform, use of the issued radio, and sometimes even a marked police car(if paid for by the off duty employer). This way there is no uncertainy as to the officer being a REAL police officer and not a security guard. There are regulations as to how many officers have to work at a location depending on the size of the crowds as well as a Sgt.for every so many officers and a Lt. for so many Sgts and officers. This has been a very good way to allow officers to earn off-duty income and maintain safety as best as possible. A few local Departments here (not Phx) have ALL off-duty work paid thru the City by the employer and then paid to the officer at their city OT pay rate (time & 1/2). This way the officers are covered under industrial and helps towards liability for the officer yet the department maintains control. Works!

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