The city didn't really interfere with our moonlighting or put any unreasonable demands on us. We knew there were some jobs you just didn't take; the chief wouldn't have allowed us to work at a strip club or for anyone with a questionable reputation. But generally they let us work whatever we could to bridge the financial gap.
MANAGING IN THE MILLENNIUM Changing the moonlighting bulb M aybe I’m out of touch with mod- ern law enforcement, but back in my day, most cops I knew worked extra of regulations for working extra jobs came along. I think mostly it was to ensure that officers didn’t work so many hours they jobs to make ends meet. In fact, I don’t were burned out by the time they hit the think I knew a cop other than the top streets. And they set up an a pproval pro- brass who didn’t moonlight. cess for moonlighting gigs. Many of the officers with whom I Both ideas are sound. I don’t know served actually had businesses they ran about you, but I didn’t want some guy when they were off-duty. They painted who’d been working so many hours he was houses, laid tile floors, installed carpet, punch-drunk standing behind me with detailed cars — most supplemented the a loaded gun while we were searching a Carole Moore pretty lousy pay. Health insurance premi- dark building. And the approval process ums often took a third of the take-home; kept officers from making errors of judg- we needed every penny we could earn. ment that could come back to haunt them. Some of us had regular security work — Since we were allowed to use our badges, The city didn’t I supplemented mall security on the w eek- weapons and uniforms when appropriate really interfere ends, getting a grand total of about $7 an hour for my efforts — and we all grabbed while working these extra jobs, the city had the right to dictate the terms of our use. I with our those extra opportunities that came along. never heard anyone complain about it. I can remember once as a detective being Recently, the Miami-Dade Police moonlighting hired to babysit a house full of expensive Department conducted an audit into side or put any
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