Miami Beach Cops Made $300,000 Working Off-Duty for Nightclubs Before Chief Banned Practice

After Miami Beach Police Sgt. Mike Muley was caught drunk while working an off-duty assignment at Mango's last month, new Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates responded with a harsh edict: Beginning this month, MBPD cops are banned from working nightclub security jobs. The union balked, complaining that banning the jobs would make clubs less safe. Their resistance, they said, had nothing to do with the money.

But how much cash will Beach cops lose under Oates' new policy?

A New Times records request has found that 80 Miami Beach Police officers earned a combined $377,090.50 from off-duty nightclub work from July 21, 2013, to July 21, 2014.

The top-grossing officer was Jerome Berrian Jr., who earned $27,877 in the 12-month period working details at Wet Willie's, Nikki Beach, and Story. Two other officers, Eric Schultz and Omar Marrero, took in more than $20,000 each from the assignments, and a dozen others, including Sergeant Muley, earned more than $10,000. Officers were paid $38 an hour for security work at the clubs (the total off-duty amounts also included some income for coordinating security); on holidays they earned double — $76 an hour. This past New Year's Eve alone, Berrian took in a whopping $1,254 for a 16.5-hour shift at Nikki Beach.

Sgt. Alex Bello, the head of MBPD's police union, maintains that officers oppose the policy on safety grounds. Cutting the off-duty assignments, he says, will make clubs more dangerous and cost taxpayers more because on-duty officers will have to answer more late-night calls.

"What we've seen now in this last week is an increase in calls of service," says Bello, who earned $2,100 himself in the past year from off-duty work, mostly coordinating security at Story. "If there would have been officers there, then that would not have been a drain on our resources."

Regardless of the amount of money cops made protecting nightclubs under the old system, taxpayers should be more worried about their own bills rising under Oates' policy, Bello says.

"The bigger picture," he says, "is residents should be concerned that they're now paying for officers to respond to these calls when that should be something that the business owners should be handling."

 
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Off-duty police should not be allowed to work at Tow Company.  Who cares if Towing Bill of Rights allows payment by credit card. The tow company demands cash and off-duty officer  facilitates that.



Citizen
Citizen

Pay me a little more, and I'll do a little more; pay me a little more than that, and I'll do a little less.


sajones
sajones

what a joke to use the argument that crime goes up or the police resources would not be needed if these off duty police officers, who use taxpayer resources, where working at the club.  These off duty officers STILL have to call police for backup or to arrest and transport law breakers.  I applaud the police chief and hope he continues to clean up a lot of the below standard police officers working for the agency!

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voxveritas

This is a huge conflict of interest. I would rather my tax dollars go to paying honest cops doing honest work for their community, then a bunch of greedy fat pigs who are only interested in fattening  their own, already overpaid wallets.


You don't think cops who whore out their badges and authority that
we give them, in order to make sleazy cash on the side, are not going to have a conflict of interest? Say one club that pays them and another club the doesn't both call the police, who you think is going to get first response? 


This is nothing but a gangster protection money racket, that completely undermines the public good. If these cops want to make more money, the should work on being better cops, and not abusing the authority we give them to whore out protection money on the side.


I support the new chief, Dan Oates is a no nonsense, take no shit cop from the streets of New York, were real cops fight real crime.  Unlike these greasy, pathetic, murdering, drunkin' joyriding, underage girl raping, drug dealing, scum-sucking gutter trash, know as the MBPD. 



 
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