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Sad, IMO, in PA any "municipal" employee can report a crime, if the incident results in a conviction, the municipal employee gets a reward of 500-700.00 dollars. I see the need for cops declining with the nosey town nellies trying to supplement their income's. Just as everyone with a cell phone becomes an empowered ass if what they view as unacceptable get's someone else in trouble, reporting what they consider DV, loud arguments, and other crap thats none of their business. Go back to HS! I just learned this w/some recent chat with a PA "worker". Why would anyone spend their own cash to play PO? Good Luck!
I would say that in most cities/towns the PD would specify exactly what you can carry on duty. Some may supply the gun and some may dictate that you buy your own . . . which could be a legal issue wrt the current EOPS "position" that MA LEOs can't OWN any large-cap post-ban mags and can't carry even the issued post-ban large-cap mags off-duty (must leave them at the PD according to EOPS)! Although I call bullshit on this "position", my opinion means nothing to EOPS lawyers or to any DA out there.
When I was a Reserve PO, I owned all my own gear and had my chief authorize what I carried, which was different from what the FT POs carried (but theirs was supplied by the PD).
Has this rule ever come out in print anywhere public?
My mistake, I no not of the circumstance. I'd just ASSumed it sounded like aux "cop-wanna-b". It still sounds odd, that somehow a sourced dept. cannot handle their premium work load, and premium details are being shrugged off by the dept's own personnel, with the economic conditions being what they are today. (shrug) I'd thought civil service tests still had strict guidelines, but that sounds like a winning strategy adding points to those already qualified in some way other than veterans. Good luck!
Some PDs issue department policies that lists/specifies what can be carried on (or off) duty.
As for the EOPS "position", there is that undated/unsigned memo that GOAL has on their website and was widely distributed. I'm pretty sure that some Emails/messages were sent out over LEAPS to departments as well (no proof here) and other less public means of correspondence.