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TPD officers prohibited from working off duty at bars

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Local bar owners are looking for a Plan B after the announcement that Toledo police officers will be prohibited from working off-duty in bar parking lots.

Some business owners say the police presence at the bars has made a difference in keeping customers safe and eliminating the need to call 9-1-1. Now they're scrambling to find replacement security. 

Bennett Johnson is part owner of Club Evolution and says he's concerned.

"Just about the safety around the city, he says. "As well as those officers who are supplementing their income with these part time jobs."

The order was issued Wednesday. The memo states, effective immediately, "officers shall not engage in outside employment in, around, for, outside of, or in the parking lots of, establishments where the dispensing of alcoholic beverages is the primary business."
    
A spokesperson for TPD told 13abc it's been a department policy for a long time. They've made exceptions in the past on a case-by-case basis, but we're told the decision was made that it's not in the best interest of the department or the officers working at those establishments.  

A manager at El Camino on Sylvania told 13abc the decision affects the safety of many people.

"You don't want someone getting into a fight and then obviously getting injured and then they are off and can't do their normal job but at the same time If I was a patron I'd rather have them there it's just a little extra security I don't have to worry about," says Toledoan Patrick Best. 

"Places I used to be able to go can't go there anymore not worry about being robbed or something," says Jeffery Bork.

Some business owners feel the move may bring a great deal of trouble throughout the city once the police presence is no longer there.

"I'm curious what Plan B for the city officials will be. Are they going to have more officers driving around the streets to address concerns? I hope that the calls don't increase but just thinking if you think like a criminal or you're thinking you have an opportunity to commit some crime I hope it doesn't happen but it opens up the likely hood there will be more calls," says Johnson.

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