Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe will review the department’s policy on secondary employment for officers following the Wednesday arrest of an officer who allegedly falsified time sheets for his off-duty job.
Monroe said Thursday there is no indication of widespread timecard fraud on off-duty jobs. But the chief said the newly launched review will most likely lead to a change in policy about off-duty work.
“I think we need to have more interaction with the businesses and the providers that our officers are working for,” Monroe said.
Officer Jeffrey T. Taylor, 46, falsified time sheets between October 2012 and January 2013, according to a news release. Department officials placed Taylor, who’s worked at CMPD for 24 years, on unpaid administrative leave after he turned himself in Wednesday night.
The chief last changed the department’s secondary employment police in 2008, when CMPD expanded its secondary employment policy to allow off-duty officers to work in bars and clubs.
Before then, the practice of allowing police to work for places that primarily sell alcohol had been prohibited for more than a decade.
Former police Chief Darrel Stephens thought it looked bad for officers to be associated with bars and clubs.
But under Monroe, the policy lets officers works at bars and clubs, but requires them to work only outside the establishments unless a crime happens.
“We want to make sure we make our policies clear, that we make them enforceable and that we make it so that we can manage those policies effectively,” Monroe said.
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