Professional courtesy: The badge on the uniform trumps the badge in the wallet

This is something to be given by the off-duty officer to an on-duty officer, not the other way around

Would you give an off-duty officer a ticket for a traffic violation? Share your thoughts in the comments area below and read what other officers say they would do. If you are not a PoliceOne verified member, it’s free and easy to join PoliceOne for immediate access to reader comments.

There are three schools of thought when it comes to professional courtesy. They are:

  1. Off-duty officers should receive professional courtesy from on-duty officers when contacted during a traffic stop.
  2. When off-duty officers are stopped for violations, they should be cited by on-duty officers to maintain ethical purity.
  3. On-duty officers should be allowed to use discretion – which is totally eliminated by both point one and two by the way – when stopping an off-duty officer.

The fact is many in law enforcement believe that professional courtesy is something an off-duty police officer should receive from a fellow officer working the road.

Please login as a member to access this area

This PoliceOne article can only be accessed by verified professionals.
Please sign in or register to view this article.

Copyright © 2019 All rights reserved.