2.00.050     CARRYING FIREARMS OFF DUTY

 

The carrying of a firearm while off-duty will be at the option of the officer.  Only an authorized Department-issued service pistol, alternate service pistol, or Department-approved and registered back-up firearm may be carried off-duty.

 

It is recommended that off-duty officers be armed, within the corporate limits of the City of Bellevue.

 

When an officer anticipates that alcoholic beverages will be consumed in an off-duty situation, a firearm will not be carried.  If the need arises for police service while an off-duty officer is visiting an establishment which serves liquor, the officer will endeavor to call the Police Department and request that on-duty officers respond.

 

An off-duty officer will not be subject to disciplinary action if an occasion should arise in which the officer could have taken action but did not do so because of being unarmed.