Under Brown's proposal, the new unit, which would be a division of the city's Public Safety Department, would charge an hourly fee of $5 whenever a uniformed officer was hired to provide security at a business and $10 per hour if the job included the use of a patrol car. The company would still pay the officer separately, typically about $25 to $35 an hour.
At this point, no rates have been set. But Brown, a Democrat, said similar systems in place across the country allow cities to recoup the expenses associated with using patrol cars and other city property.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has issued off-duty work permits to about 850 of its 1,700 officers. These officers typically take jobs providing security in hospitals and schools and outside bars and nightclubs. Under existing policy, officers cannot work at strip clubs, adult bookstores or any business involved in "illegal activity." Supervisors must approve all off-duty jobs . . .
Brown's proposal to provide greater oversight of moonlighting officers never advanced beyond committee, but he said there is more interest in it now in the aftermath of the raid last month at OmniSource, a metal-recycling company. . .
Scott Newman, the city's public safety director, met with Brown and other council members even before the raid about the potential of reviving Brown's proposal in some way.
Monday, March 09, 2009
Brown's Secondary Employment Proposal Gets A Second Look
When I applauded Councilor Vernon Brown's proposal last year to set up a secondary employment unit to supervise off-duty police work within IMPD and collect fees from private security companies who utilize their services, my fellow Republicans and the Ballard administration dismissed the idea. In the wake of the OmniSource raid a couple of weeks back where more than 50 off-duty police officers worked, the Ballard administration is taking a second look at Brown's proposal. Republican council members (who worked for the police department) and the police union opposed it, claiming it would make hiring off-duty police officers uneconomical. No, it means that private security firms aren't going to make such huge profits from renting out our cops and their police cruisers for their personal gain. The Star's Brendan O'Shaughnessy reports on the Ballard administration's change of heart: