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Raleigh Police Investigating Off-Duty Employment Of Officers

Posted July 14, 2006 10:09 a.m. EDT

— It's not uncommon for Raleigh police officers to use their off time to make extra money. But it appears that not all officers were abiding by the department's rules and regulations when it comes to off-duty employment.

WRAL has learned an ongoing internal inspection uncovered what the department calls "possible irregularities" in off-duty employment records. Raleigh police officials have confirmed one or more officers are the target of the internal probe.

Some of Raleigh's men and women in blue also work security at locations such as the Glenwood South entertainment district when they're off-duty. Officers set their own work schedule, but the department must approve the job.

Sources close to the investigation told WRAL that the officers in question allegedly racked up a number of off-duty hours and pay while on the department's time clock.

In a statement to WRAL, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said, "If any violations have occurred, those involved will be subject to appropriate action" and "if any shortcomings in the department's policies or procedures are identified, corrective steps will be taken."

Sughrue stopped short of saying what those corrective steps or disciplinary actions would be if the allegations are confirmed.

WRAL contacted City Manager Russell Allen and District Attorney Colin Willoughby. Both men said they are aware of an internal investigation that's not yet complete and declined to make any further comments.