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In law enforcement community, moonlighting cops has long been defined as a second job for police officers, especially at night. In other words, it is a private employment of off-duty police officers in profit, nonprofit, and government organizations usually as security guards. Most of the time paid police details involve outdoor concerts, festivals, sporting events, fund rising, and other activities. In some states, police moonlighting became so imbedded that the police agencies cannot prohibit its employees from performing the secondary jobs. Side jobs have always been a way for law enforcement agency to increase their income. It has become such common practice that police details in an agreement with private organizations provide uniformed security and it is now advertised on their website (Cambridge Police Department website). For instance, according to the Cambridge Police Unit in Massachusetts, the Detail Office is responsible for Off-Duty Employment, and is responsible for assigning off-duty officers to construction sites throughout the City to ensure motor vehicle and pedestrian safety. What is more, the office provides different security details to private companies who wish officers presence. “All work is performed by off-duty officers at no cost to the city.” It shows that Cambridge police officers are not prohibited to perform secondary jobs and being paid by the private agencies (Cambridge Police, 2014). Furthermore, according to the State Ethics Commission, General Laws chapter 268A, section 23 (a), Massachusetts Municipal Employee allowed to accept a second paid job if the responsibilities of the job does not conflict with the duties of the current job. So, both examples show that Massachusetts State and City Laws ... ... middle of paper ... ...tem and take an advantage of it. My logic will follow that concept if the officer is abusing the system in his regular job even if he gets overtime, he will also be corrupt when working details or performing secondary jobs in the uniform. Despite there are negative deliberations about paid police details, it also has positive aspects, such as, enhancing public safety while under budgetary restraints. In other words, paid police details provide police protection and offer a more controlled and omnipresence means in the areas where regular on- duty officers might otherwise not be present if something bad happens. It is true that there are departmental expenditures associated with paid details; however, report from the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) showed that “departments can price details to cover those costs and generate surplus revenue” (John, 2012).

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