Police officers require permission from COP for off-duty jobs – Hippolyte

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Police officers require permission from COP for off-duty jobs – Hippolyte
St. Lucia police officers guard a crime scene in Castries. * SNO file photo
St. Lucia police officers guard a crime scene in Castries. * SNO file photo

It is not illegal for police officers to take up private-sector jobs however they must get permission from the commissioner of police (COP), Acting Police Public Relations Officer Zachary Hippolyte has said.

To supplement their income, some police officers take up employment in the private sector from individuals and companies, particularly as security guards for restaurants, bars, supermarkets and other business establishments. Some officers also carry out body-guard services and cash escort security services for businesses and individuals.

According the Saint Lucia Police Act 14, 2001, police officers attached to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) have to request permission of the COP to engage in paid or unpaid off-duty employment, Hippolyte said.

“Civilians who wish to have the services of a police officer in an off-duty activity are given a prescribed Employers Agreement to Conditions of Police Related Off Duty Employment form,” Hippolyte said in an invited comment online.

“This form outlines conditions under which the officer must operate in the activity.”

Notice to potential employer (s):
1. A member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force acceptance of Police-related off-duty employment is conditional upon approval of the Commissioner of Police.
2. A member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is required to respond to all in progress calls.
3. The officer’s working conditions and hours are subject to review by a senior officer of the force.
4. Authorization for the officer to work may be rescinded at any time by the Commissioner of Police.
5. Legal actions arising during the course of police-related off-duty employment shall be the liability of the off-duty employer.
6. Officers who are on probation are not permitted to engage in police-related off-duty employment.
7. Officers may not work for more than 20 hours per week unless they have requested and have been granted permission by the Commissioner of Police.
8. A job description and list of job/task must accompany the agreement when it is submitted for approval.
9. Officers may engage in police related or special off-duty employment if their powers are in effect and the officer complies with all applicable provisions of the Police Act, and the Police standing Order as it relates to police-related off-duty employment.
10. Officers who are engaging in police related or special off-duty employment are required to be attired in full prescribed police uniform at all times unless otherwise approved by writing by the Commissioner of Police.
11. Officers who are engaging in police related or other special off-duty employment are required to carry their police issued service weapon or off-duty weapon authorized by the Commissioner of Police.

When asked if he believes some officers are not adhering to the RSLPF policy, Hippolyte said: “I can’t believe or don’t believe. All I know is they supposed to.”

 

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  1. The whole issue of police officers engaging in other work (moonlighting) was frowned upon for a long time because of the potential for conflict of interest issues. Officers will and do find themselves having to choose between upholding the law and upholding their side job. An officer on a side job may apply biased law enforcement that favors the employer. If not in uniform these same officers have the freedom to act inappropriately as they sometimes do. The uniform with a badge number forces these officers to not only look the part but act the part. It also serves as a deterrent for some would be law breakers. It is good for the country. The only people that would be mad about this are some officers and employers and they are not the majority. Before we spring to criticize ask yourself how does this rule not favor you and your community.

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  2. olivia prospere whether or not Randy was corrupt he is gone so persons are entitled to pay respects indiscreet... judge not that he be not judged. For he is gone and the maker has the final say...make sure ur house is in order before you go to meet him

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  3. First of all, just let me start by saying that I think this Qton individual is an ASS!!! Second, I see nothing wrong in rules being imPlimented cause if not then nothing goes right. Third, I think the public tends to believe that the police officers are immortal and super heros. The one time the public becomes the police friend is the times that they are directly effected!!!

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  4. Mr Hippolyte i have a problem with that.why why is it that ever so often that police officers apply for off duty employment have passed all the requirements and then it takes until after the event they receive a letter to go ahead and do the special duty.should they allow the $150-200 or 250 to pass them buy them by earning a fair livelywood also why in tbe past that there was this drag wars event where there were superintendent and also inspector involved in the special off duty and tbey had probationers doing these side jobs why is it that these very hierarchy officers accept money for these national events eg.jazz and carnival and all they do is get the officers a chicken roti and a fruta or a meal sometimes one 500ml bottle of water and they pocket the rest of the money. Where officers could get paid their fair share of the income and then they gonna provide themselves with food and drinks

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  5. Why should a policeman have a GOVERNMENT issued fire-arm when he is working a side job. Something is wrong with this picture. The Commissioner and the other Senior Officers need to investigate this. A situation like that should never happen. If a policeman is doing a side job he needs to have his PRIVATE fire-arm (licensed that is) and OBTAIN approval from the Commissioner in order for him to use HIS firearm, if needs be. ONLY IN SAINT LUCIA SHATE LIKE THAT DOES HAPPEN.

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    • ONLY in st lucia every police officer ISNT issued a GOVERNMENT firearm to carry at ALL times, ON OR OFF DUTY... ONLY in st lucia this happens... YOU ARE A REAL IDIOT QTON... i hope when someone bursting ur ass and an OFF DUTY police pass straight you DONT have a problem with that. The "side-jobs" are events where people like you attend so that the POLICE could PROTECT YOU... GROW A BRAIN

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      • Some of the Police Officers are too trigger happy hence the reason they are NOT provided with GOVERNMENT issues firearms. ONLY IN SAINT LUCIA POLICE MEN WOULD DO SIDE JOBS WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE COMMISSIONER. They need to go through the correct channels, I know things are rough but do it the right way. When they should be at work they are by TJ's supermarkets waiting to go and deposit cash........

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    • So the police shouldnt have a Government isued firearm on a private job but on his off duty hours he can carry it anywhere with him/her? He can even go to church with it but not a side job?

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  6. A police is a police on or off duty. He can arrest at any time. In or out if uniform so this law is damn

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  7. I disagree with all these implimentations because first to say an officer is always on DUTY, regardless if he is working as his work requires or for the private sector and an incident occurs in his presence he still has to provide the neccessary assistance.Not saying that they do not need to comply with the laws but all the requirements the COP expecting from the private sector is bs because what if they can't meet the demands u going to deny that officer the job and where as he being off duty but in the vacinity of the incident, weather as a customer or a passer-by still needs to provide the assistance that requires.They applying is a gud idear not saying no but the requirements I fine is not compulsery

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  8. I remember when policy was put in place by the new commission, because the system was being abused. Some cops were calling in sick and working side jobs. the commissioner is doing a great job, but it will take a while to change their culture.

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  9. Nothing doesn't burn me more to see them cops body guarding them men n they stores n business but when is time to search for drugs n guns is ghetto they coming. Suppliers n consumers,the ghettos consuming so whose supplying?We well want drugs we wouldn't be selling it to our ppl or in our country.

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  10. Most of them don't.... They're more concerned about their pockets just like most of us butin my opinion its a bit selfish of them to do off duty ..you have two jobs while someone else can't get one

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  11. That is a policy set up to protect Police Officers.I would adhere to the rule all the time.

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  12. Is the police guilty of disregarding the law or is it his employer. One or both is guilty of disregarding the law

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  13. Nothing is we business until it reach crisis.So the COP and the PPRO should shut up because they know everything happening in the police force. Corruption from head to tail.

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