Off Duty Police Officers (Tampa Police Department)

Curtis Waltman filed this request with the Tampa Police Department of Tampa, FL.


From: Curtis Waltman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

The date range for this request in its entirety is 1/1/13 to the date this request is processed on.

-Policies, rules, and regulations for off duty officers.

-Complaints about off duty officers.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Curtis Waltman

From: Stephen Hegarty

At the Tampa Police Department we have what we call "extra duty," which is our term for off duty. The difference is that when our officers are working as officers - whether it is their regular shift or extra duty - they are working as on-duty officers, with all the responsibilities and powers of a regular on-duty officer.

I have attached our policy regarding extra duty. It is quite lengthy. I have also attached the paperwork that a business would fill out to arrange for an extra duty officer.

As for your second request, we don't sort by regular duty vs. extra duty. I would have to go through complaints to see which, if any, related to an extra duty assignment. Would you care to limit your timeframe, so the request won't be tremendously time consuming/expensive? It's up to you.

Please let me know you received this.

From: Curtis Waltman

Officer Hegarty,

I apologize for not responding much sooner, I have been very hectic this past month. I would gladly limit my timeframe. Would a year do it? I could even go down to 6 months or less if you feel that would provide a lower fee for me and less work for your agency. Let me know what you think, thank you, and again I do apologize.

Curtis Waltman

From: Stephen Hegarty

Mr. Waltman,
I have attached copies of complaints regarding "extra duty" officers for 2016 and year-to-date 2017. Please note that a couple of them were vague and the complainant wasn't even sure that TPD was involved. I included them because they were complaints that may have involved an officer working extra duty.

Please let me know that you got this. Earlier I provided our SOPs regarding "extra duty" work by officers.