Playing dress up I guess?

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Jul 25, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    This would be embarasing to find out that you were hired a s a police officer but cant arrest or giver tickets.....big woops there homeie

    Nation: Florida city puts police officers on leave

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    The Associated Press

    CHIEFLAND, Fla. (July 24, 2002 8:34 a.m. EDT) - The city commission put the police force's seven officers on indefinite leave after realizing the city charter did not give police authority to make arrests and issue citations.

    Only the acting police chief, Edwin Jenkins, remained at work Wednesday. He was deputized by the Levy County sheriff, empowering him to enforce county ordinances and state laws, City Manager Earl Cannon said.

    The charter gives police authority only to enforce city codes and ordinances. At one time, it gave officers general police powers under a state statute, but that statute was repealed years ago, attorney Joseph Lander said.

    Lander told city leaders about the problem Monday and the commission put the officers on indefinite administrative leave with pay. An emergency meeting was called for Monday.

    The issue could be brought up in criminal cases where Chiefland police made arrests, State Attorney Bill Cervone said.

    "It's the nature of what we do that defense lawyers will seize on anything they can find and complain it violates this, that or the other," Cervone said.

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith said until a solution is found, he will schedule off-duty and reserve deputies to work in the town of 1,900, about 110 miles southeast of Tallahassee.