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  • Off Duty Arrest Authority, do you have it?

    FedCop, in what state does a Police Officer have arrest authority, off-duty outside their jurisdiction? I know where I'm from we do not, that little treat is only bestowed upon the State Police. (He refers to MI)

    This question was asked of me in another thread, so I ask of you, what is your authority off duty? What does your state say?

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    New York State: Off-duty statewide for all LEO's (municiple or state, county ect) arrest powers for any felony's or misd in your presense. Violations in your area of employment.

    Off duty arrests are a hassle and i would only do one for a violent felony. let the locals handle the rest.
    retired, NOT retarded

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    • #3
      Originally posted by winq
      New York State: Off-duty statewide for all LEO's (municiple or state, county ect) arrest powers for any felony's or misd in your presense. Violations in your area of employment.

      Off duty arrests are a hassle and i would only do one for a violent felony. let the locals handle the rest.
      Agreed, but the gentleperson has problems believing that some states allow their police officers 24/7, 365 arrest powers within the state of certification. Trying to gather facts.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by FedCop
        FedCop, in what state does a Police Officer have arrest authority, off-duty outside their jurisdiction? I know where I'm from we do not, that little treat is only bestowed upon the State Police. (He refers to MI)

        This question was asked of me in another thread, so I ask of you, what is your authority off duty? What does your state say?
        In NC a off duty police officer more than one mile outside his jurisdiction has no more authority to arrest than anyone else. He has only the power to detain and even then only for certain types of crime.
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        • #5
          NYS, 24/7 365 days a year, your never "really" off duty.
          retired, NOT retarded

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          • #6
            California gives its peace officers full authority anywhere in the state, on duty or off.
            Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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            • #7
              CT - In jurisdiction full arrest

              Out of jurisdiction felony arrest powers.
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              - Ronald Reagan

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              • #8
                Texas is 24/7/365. Have to agree that I would leave the misd. to local officers. Sometime more of a hassle than it is worth. I believe that some departments restrict officers activities but the state law give them the right to make the arrest.

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                • #9
                  Indiana if you are a full time paid sworn officer you have full authority anytime anywhere in the state. And you are ordered by law to take action in the case of a felony in your presents
                  Gods Speed

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                  • #10
                    does santa deliver felony in presents ????......
                    " if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name....
                    " if you walk in your sleep, forget where you came....

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                    • #11
                      In NC, arrest powers (and weapon carry authority) are like white on rice and cold on ice. As long as you're sworn, they stick with you whether on or off duty.

                      Deputy sheriffs in NC can arrest for any offense while in their county or on county property elsewhere in the state. They can also go anywhere in the state and arrest for a felony committed in their county.

                      The one-mile deal that Bowles mentioned is for city police. There isn't a one-mile zone outside a county, too bad.

                      In hot pursuit, we can chase crooks into VA and TN but not GA and DEFINITELY not SC.

                      Here's the long boring statute:

                      Smile Our GOD is a consuming fire! Heb 12:29

                      No one is entirely above the law, or entirely beneath its protection.

                      Rule 1: At the end of every shift, I'm going home to my kitty cats.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HolyRoller
                        DEFINITELY not SC.

                        Why is that?
                        ...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kttref
                          CT - In jurisdiction full arrest

                          Out of jurisdiction felony arrest powers.
                          Identical for Maryland as well.
                          In God we trust, all others are run MILES and NCIC.

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                          • #14
                            Oklahoma has a statute giving "commissioned leo's with a OK state certification" arrest authority state wide, and even added a amendment including federal agents.
                            Steve
                            Respect all ...... Fear none!!!

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