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.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.
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.Did you like the fact that he was there or would you rather he was elsewhere?