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Should off-duty police officers be allowed to work security for bars and nightclubs?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 25, 2006

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Photo of Daniel Mendez

“Sure. If the place needs extra security, they should be able to hire a trained professional to handle it instead of someone who isn’t trained.”

Photo of Pat Schwartz

“I think they should. I would think it would be an advantage to the establishment to have a police officer working security.”

Photo of Lucy Miller

“No, because they might feel like they have more authority than other people who are hired to do the same job.”

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“I think they should. Just for the sake of the overall safety of the citizens of Lawrence.”

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geekin_topekan 11 years, 11 months ago

Has anyone asked an off duty cop if she would accept this PT post?

reginafliangie 11 years, 11 months ago

I think it would be a conflict of interest. If they worked there PT and then was on duty and had a problem at that venue would they really treat it the same if they had not worked there PT and knew the staff and patrons? I say hire better security guards. People who obey the rules and not let in certain elements because they know or are friends with certain patrons, especally the ones who are known to cause problems. I have heard that that happens. Certain patrons get "buddy buddy" with the staff and the staff allow them to get away with things that others are not allowed to. Just hear say, but hey, who knows.

enochville 11 years, 11 months ago

I see no reason why they shouldn't. Where do we get off thinking we can tell other adults (who are not felons) where they can or cannot work?

trollkiller 11 years, 11 months ago

There's a place in the world for everyone; this would be a good fit for them.

Hopefully, they would have a good sense of when to call the on-duty officers. There should be enough witnesses to prevent them from lying when they report details.

Conflict of interest? That's alot of syllables for a police officer to remember. I don't think they'd understand it.

beatrice 11 years, 11 months ago

If it doesn't interfere with their regular job, then of course they should be allowed to take any part-time job they choose. It isn't any more of a conflict of interest than a fireman taking a part-time job at a smoke shop, despite the number of fires started by careless cigarette use. Plus, I would trust a cop working the door at a club to handle a situation with greater effeciency and care than the average muscled, lug-head type normally found in these positions.

My questions: How many police officers find it necessary to take part time jobs just to make ends meet? Are they really paid so poorly that it becomes necessary to work two jobs?

Fatty_McButterpants 11 years, 11 months ago

beatrice: for many officers, yes, they do find it necessary to make ends meet.

Chrissy Neibarger 11 years, 11 months ago

why wont the city allow off duty police officers do security for bars, yet they allow them to do security for apartment complexs? in some of the complexes, on weekends, there isn't much of a difference.

reginafliangie 11 years, 11 months ago

Because those places are licensed to serve liquor for monitary means. They are keeping an eye on the renters and others who visit for strange activity. They aren't there to babysit people who get drunk and do stupid things. Big difference.

thunderbuns 11 years, 11 months ago

More exciting questions coming your way from the L J World OTS people:

1)Should off-duty banker be allowed to balance their neighbors' checkbook? 2)Should off-duty mechanics be allowed to change the spark plugs for the mailman's jeep? 3)Should an off-duty doctor be allowed to save someone having a heart attack at a bus stop? 4)Should an off-duty cab driver be allowed to hail a cab to get home?

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