Second jobs for officers at issue

first_img Several commissioners suggested they will formally oppose allowing officers to work second jobs in the security or investigations fields. The LAPD surveyed 38 other police agencies and found that all permit off-duty jobs, but that more than 55 percent prohibit private investigations work. Police officials are now studying increasing their oversight over outside work and possibly banning private investigation-related moonlighting. However, the city attorney has advised the department that any such ban would probably require discussions with the officers’ union. Cmdr. Kenneth Garner, head of the LAPD’s Personnel Group, said officials are considering probing deeper into the type of outside work its officers are doing. He noted that the employee involved in the Pellicano case did not have a permit. “If you’re doing something shady, you’re not going to ask for a work permit,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The number of officers with permits to work an outside job rose sharply after the LAPD adopted schedules that allow cops to work three 12-hour days or four 10-hour days a week, giving them large blocks of free time to do other work. When the flexible schedule took effect in 2002 the number of permits issued was 500, up from 300 in 2001. The flexible schedule has been welcomed by the officers’ union and Chief William Bratton but criticized by former Chief Bernard Parks, who is now a councilman. Commission President John Mack said outside work could affect officers’ performance and create the potential for conflicts of interest. “It increases the probability of burnout, in addition to some highly questionable ethical issues,” he said. Almost a quarter of Los Angeles cops have permits to work second jobs, officials said Tuesday, leading some Police Commissioners to call for stricter controls over moonlighting. Los Angeles Police Department officials told the commission that only eight officers are licensed private investigators but that 2,200 more officers have permits allowing some sort of outside work. “When I look at this I don’t know how an officer can serve two masters,” said Commissioner Anthony Pacheco. “As a member of the public, I want to know officers are beholden to my interest only and not private interests.” The review was prompted by the involvement of a retired Los Angeles Police Department sergeant in the scandal surrounding gumshoe Anthony Pellicano, who is accused of using illicit wiretapping and other tactics to help his high-profile clients. last_img

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