Just as an FYI--I was not compensated for offering my opinion on the following policing top 10 list.
In contrast, one of Dr. Moskos' insights fits well with an observation I wanted to make on a current criminal justice event.
Recently, I read an insightful article by Peter Moskos, a former Baltimore police officer and current professor at John Jay College.
Dr. Moskos discussed the Top 10 Things Police Officers Learn on the Job.
Here is one of the points:
To cops, overtime is like a drug. It's something you'll crave, and something that influences far too much of what you do on and off duty.
Police officers can make great money through overtime. They can also rake in the cash moonlighting.
As such, good law enforcement managers limit the type and amount of overtime and "extra-jobs" that officers are permitted to work.
On my NFL blog, I discussed a recent story about an officer working an extra-job at a bar who arrested Minnesota Vikings football player Adrian Peterson.
Not sure how the case against Peterson will pan out, but the arresting officer and the agency are getting plenty of negative publicity.
Advice for new officers working extra-jobs?
Avoid becoming dependent on the income from working overtime--it can certainly have a negative impact on one's personal and family life.
If the agency does not ban working off-duty at bars, steer clear of those high-paying yet high-risk opportunities like the plague.
They are always more trouble than they are worth.
You can read Dr. Moskos' full top ten list by going here, or by going to the host site CriminalJusticePrograms.com.
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