Secondary Employment Concerns: Renting a Cop

Secondary policing, private duty or off-duty work is the practice by which municipalities allow their sworn officers to moonlight as private security during off hours. Officers are generally allowed to wear their official uniforms, carry weapons issued to them, maintain all of powers of an active, on-duty police officer and can search, seize, arrest & use deadly force. The concern is that they execute their powers as a police officer under the direction of a private entity. Let’s call it what it is – renting a cop- so what’s the concern? The concern that leads the discussion is that many police departments and officers earn a considerable commission for this work which has a potential for corruption and liability issues.

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