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The lady across the street hired an off duty cop to park next door with his lights flashing. I thought she was crazy but it reduced the traffic on the street and cut down the crowd to a more manageable number this year.

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I the Officer was off duty why is he still in his squad car??? I was on the force years ago and when your off duty your off duty period! There is NO driving around our squad car if your off the clock and there most certainly I not any buy for hire Police Officers looking over someone's house. If this is true this Officer can very well lose his job. I was told if I wanted a second job we would have to ask our Chief of Police if we could . So this very well might just be a dirty cop.
 

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I the Officer was off duty why is he still in his squad car??? I was on the force years ago and when your off duty your off duty period! There is NO driving around our squad car if your off the clock and there most certainly I not any buy for hire Police Officers looking over someone's house. If this is true this Officer can very well lose his job. I was told if I wanted a second job we would have to ask our Chief of Police if we could . So this very well might just be a dirty cop.
It's different everywhere. Some municipalities in Texas allow officers to drive their vehicles as long as it is only them, and only within the city/county limits. The trade off in gas costs is a larger police presence on the streets, in parking lots, etc. I'd have to check with my step-brother, but I think he actually gets a small stipend for driving his car off-duty based on mileage. The office manager at my old real estate company in San Antonio was married to an LEO and he also was allowed to drive his car off-duty. That was also 10 years ago, so it may very well have changed in the interim.
 

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I had to buy my first patrol car. The agency I worked for was very small and didn't have a budget for patrol cars, so, instead, we kept track of the mileage that we drove while on duty and we were paid 30 cents per mile. (This was in the early 2000's.) That patrol car was my only vehicle, so naturally I drove it everywhere I went.
 

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Here in Las Vegas an "off duty" officer can be hired through the department. You pay X amount of $ and you get the officer and the car. (or as many as you want.) Basically, you pay the department and they in turn pay the officer. I don't know about a private citizen doing this, but most of the casinos do it when they have big events going on.
 

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I drive a retired police car and my kids used it as a prop this year. They parked it in the yard, which had crime scene tape marking out the paths for the crowd to follow, and put a rotating party light on the roof.
 

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Did you like the fact that he was there or would you rather he was elsewhere?
I thought it was completely over the top for a home haunt but I might actually chip in next year. I don't know where they parked but my street was not congested. It seemed to have cut the number of visitors significantly which makes it more fun for me. It's harder to scare a mob. Also everyone was well behaved. I've had problems in the past with .00000001% of the visitors being unruly and destructive.

Luckily I have no experience with the inner workings of the local Police Department but understand that the sanctioned arrangement was made with the Police Department during a neighborhood watch meeting (I didn't attend - those guys are nuts!). Also they recently replaced their entire fleet of patrol cars. Some of the old cars are parked at malls and shopping centers and some had "Citizens on Patrol" painted on them and citizens drive them around town (Heck it's Texas - they might even carry assault weapons : - )

How great that what started with a modest trash can pop up 8 years ago turned into a event that the neighbors have to hire crowd control.
 
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