Do police officers have a duty to act when off duty?

If they see something illegal, do they have a duty to prevent it or to inform an officer who's on duty? Can they get fired by doing so?

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  • 10 months ago

    Police officers almost NEVER have a legal duty to act. However, they may have an administrative rule that requires them to act, within the parameters of their employment. The police are not your personal guardians, so they cannot be sued (for instance) for not stopping every crime.

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  • 10 months ago

    If a case arises, we ALL have a responsibility - a civil duty.

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  • 10 months ago

    They are law enforcement officers 24/7 and don't have to be in uniform to act.

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  • Greg
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    10 months ago

    In some places they do.

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  • 10 months ago

    Varies by their employment oath. Some countries, no. Most, they are obligated to do something unless they are endangering themselves or others by acting rashly. They should at least observe and call for backup.

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