St. Louis police looking into cops' second jobs

Friday, October 30, 2009 | 10:21 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis police department is investigating to determine if some officers were paid for working private security jobs during the same hours they were on duty.

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday that the department might take more control of when officers work private security jobs.

The chief said most of the roughly 1,300 officers supplement their regular income by working off-duty security.

The officers work in uniform and are armed, with full police powers but are paid by private businesses. The jobs range from parking lot patrols to protecting ballplayers in the Busch Stadium dugouts.

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