The following activity is a hypothetical scenario, with real issues that you might have to deal with someday. Read each paragraph carefully and decide how you would handle the situation based on what you know. At the end of each scenario is a one-page writing tailored to the decisions that you made while navigating the scenario.
You and your best friend of 15 years, Johnny, are police officers in the department. You have been together through thick and thin. You are both assigned to patrol and love working the midnight shift. The officers on the midnight shift all work well together, and each night is truly a team effort.
You know Johnny is not only a great police officer, but also a wonderful person. He gives back to the community constantly and volunteers his time off helping the church, the community, and anyone in need.
Both of your families are the best of friends, and even vacation together. Johnny’s wife was recently laid off work due to the turbulent economic times. This has created a hardship on Johnny’s family, as his youngest child of five, has extensive medical issues, and the medical bills have piled up over the years.
However, Johnny has not spoken to you about his mounting debt, due to his pride, and to keep his family afloat, he has taken up another job on the side. He works security for a contractor, whom he met while on the job in you city. Johnny keeps this job secret from everyone, including you, as it is a violation of department policy and procedures, and is a major issue at the department. He does this to not only protect himself but also to protect you.
Department personnel can in fact work side/extra employment in the department if it requested, authorized, and approved by the Chief of Police. There is a rule the police officers may not work any off-duty security jobs where you would wear a uniform and carry a gun, or at any job where liquor might be sold.
Johnny carries his service weapon when he works for this security firm. To save money, he also wears his city uniform pants, belt, shoes, and equipment. He gets a security-guard shirt from the security firm with their logo affixed.
Johnny works at many places for the security firm. He works at construction site and industrial buildings providing security, but he will also work at bars and entertainment venues providing security, as they often pay extra and pay in cash, so Johnny does not have to declare the income.
Due to the financial situation, Johnny has put in a great deal of hours and is extremely tired. St 5am, he pulls alongside of you, squad car to squad car. He tells you that he is tired, has a severe headache, and does not know if he can make it until the end of shift, which would be 6am. He actually needs to go and work at security post after the police shift-at and industrial building site.
Before you can say” no” he dozes off. You let Johnny sleep for 15 minutes. Johnny wake up all is going well, it is a very quiet shift and Johnny knows that he must get off work on time. All of a sudden, the police radio chips and it is an assignment going to Johnny; it seems to be an involved call which will require him to be late for his job, which he must get to.
Johnny begs you to take the call; but you are also tired and have court later that day. Johnny has been passing off his late calls many times for the past 3 months and no one wants to help him out anymore, they are tired of his abuse. Johnny then yells at you and say that he will now be fired at his side job. He then explains that because his wife was laid off, the family has accrued huge monetary debt, and that he needs to work the side security jobs, especially the high paying jobs that pay in cash at bars and concerts.
You contemplate what you were just told realize that this is a huge mess. Johnny is going to get him, and also you, in trouble.
It is your move officer, the calls are holding.
Explain step-by-step each move you are going to take.
Be thorough, also you an your best friend of 15 years, Johnny, are police officers in the department. You have been together through thick and thin. You are both assigned to patrol and love working the midnight shift. The officer
- You tell Johnny you will cover the call so he can go to the side job. You decide to not report the violations because Johnny is you best friend and you understand that Johnny’s family needs the extra income.
- You opt to send an anonymous e-mail to the press saying that you were in a bar recently and saw an off-duty police officer working security – don’t police officers get paid enough?
- You tell Johnny that you cannot tolerate him violating policies and procedures, and that you are going straight to the supervisors and advise them of his wrongdoing.