I’m a new LEO in the Central Valley in California and had some questions regarding carrying off-duty as an LEO. I’ve done some searches but they seem to get lost in similar topics that aren’t a match, or different states, etc…
As a CCW permit holder and a sworn officer:
I’ve learned that we can carry magazines with more than 10 rounds. However, do we need to carry our LEO identification in case we’re stopped and the issue comes up? (Based on a starting point of being a law-abiding citizen, they’re not going to check magazine capacity.)
Do other LEOs carry their work identification on them while off-duty? I’ve heard the incidents of LEOs being killed because they were found to be an LEO.
Where do I find a list of counties we can’t carry in? As an LEO, are we still unable to carry off-duty in counties such as San Francisco and Los Angeles? Are there other counties where we must have firearms locked away while traveling in the county?
Getting answers to those 3 questions would be good to start. Thanks!
That is true, I hadn’t thought about that. I am surprised by the number of officers who don’t carry off duty despite knowing what is out there. So some individuals I know aren’t going to have those answers. But I can think of a couple. I’ll have to share what I find out next week. Thanks.
Okay, getting back to this topic here. I checked with my supervisors as well as someone from the District Attorney’s office. Both lead off with… “I’m not an attorney so this isn’t legal advice…”
The general consensus from our Central Valley county in CA is that:
Carrying your LE wallet badge was a good idea.
And added level of security was making use of the DMV Confidentiality Form available through the department.
I didn’t get any firm info about carrying in other counties. I did hear that as a LEO, and having a CCW permit, (at least in our county) we would be just fine it we carried on or around a school campus. Whether that would be okay in other counties I have no idea without reaching out to their local agencies to see what their response is.