Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Off Duty

A police officer in Indiana owns a uniform and clothing store.  He is selling tee shirts with a message that some have claimed is offensive and divisive.  Some are claiming that he needs to stop selling them, maybe even terminate his employment.

Off duty behavior that is legal should not affect your on duty behavior.  Still, there are times when it might.  The best idea is to avoid behavior that might be considered inappropriate by your agency.  If that's not practical, then at least try to distance your agency from the behavior.

Don't use your agency name, or your uniform in your advertising or in your business.  Don't use distinctive agency insignia or markings at your business, or otherwise tie the two together.  Once you start to mix the two, you run the risk of the agency thinking your off duty behavior is part of their concern; that's what the SGT Says.

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