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Sweeping ban on moonlighting concerns cops

Santo Domingo.- National Police officers are concerned with an article in the new Statutory Law that forbids them from holding jobs not related to their duties, except as teachers.

National Police Law Article 153 says an officer who exercises as a lawyer or any of its branches commits a “very serious fault” and cannot work in any institution, whether public or private, or engage in any type of commerce.

A police officer quoted by who wouldn’t give their name said the ban would lead a significant number of officers and enlistees, some with university degrees, to request their pension, while others would submit their resignation and several are even willing to take their case to local and international courts.

The law only allows them to be teachers, but even for that they must have experience, a restriction which Dominican Republic Bar Association (CARD) president Miguel Hernandez calls discriminatory.

To round out their income, many officers who work long shifts then go moonlight, either in companies and public or private institutions, where they deal with burglaries, assaults and other crimes where they even often lose their life.

Source: DT

July 28, 2016

Category: DR News |

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