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hi i am a 14 career state police officer in puerto rico and i want to know if any police  oficcer in the united state can ask a few  question                  1.wish state our county you work? 2.when you are on duty in wish place you can not enter with your fire arm? 3.when you  are off duty in whish places you as an officer example(vacation' free days holyday etc) you are not allow to enter with your fire arm ? please i need this info the more police give me info the better is no matter were you work but have to be police thanks  i am asking because here in puerto rico the police is having trouble with this type of situation and i need your help thanks to everyone

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brief answers: 1. MO 2. On duty, only the jail/correctional facility is the only place I don't go with my duty weapon (no airports in my jurisdiction).  3. Off duty, commercial airplane/ restricted area of airport, and if planning on drinking don't carry in bars and don't go to jails/correctional facilities off duty.


Also you mean 'which' not 'wish'

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thanks for the correction i apreciated your time  

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iff any police can give me more answer i will thankyou a lot here in puerto rico when you are out off duty you can not enter to bars,concerts pubs disco some parks some goverment facilities not federal court airport airplane etc . on duty youcan not enter to jail correctional facility, minors court but the private security guard is arm all day and you are with your uniform but not your firearm please reply

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iff any police can give me more answer i will thankyou a lot here in puerto rico when you are out off duty you can not enter to bars,concerts pubs disco some parks some goverment facilities not federal court airport airplane etc . on duty youcan not enter to jail correctional facility, minors court but the private security guard is arm all day and you are with your uniform but not your firearm please reply



I would suggest you search for information on the federal law, HR 218 or Law Enfocement Officer Safety Act. It's my understanding that Puerto Rico is a US territory governed by US federal laws.

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Let me further add that though I am allowed to carry my firearm into any private establishment off duty, I avoid areas that are prone to higher crime rates such as bars, concerts, etc. It takes one alcohol fueled idiot to start trouble and I don't have access to OC spray, a baton, a taser and I am left with hand to hand or my firearm. I would be covered legally to defend my life or another person's life with my firearm, but I put myself in a situation that may be fired or liable in civil court. I enjoy my career too much to take those kinds or risks.

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This is an interesting question for me as I spent about three years in PR. I lived there as a civilian and I even worked in the Ponce Federal Prison for a season. It was such a beautiful view from the tower overlooking the ocean, but I found so much corruption in the prison that for my safety I decided to return to NY.  PR is a beautiful place and I met many awesome officers.


As for your question. Back in the mid 1980s in NY the crime rate was pretty high and I used to carry my gun everywhere I went. I have never been a drinker or much of a disco partier, remember that?, so I never had to worry about bars and hang outs.


What I recommend you do is find the web sites such as,  the state police for the State your are going to and find there comments on this. I find that for US State or city officers, if you are off duty you are basically a civilian until a crime takes place in front of you. Your damed if you do and your damed if you don't get involved. I carried everywhere because I was required to carry my NYTPD ID at all times. Back in mid 80s there was an off duty officer that was on the #2 train in the south Bronx and was jumped by a few men that wanted to rob him.  They over-powered him and then found his ID in his wallet and decided to "teach" him a lesson by cutting off his trigger finger.


That left such an impression on my mind that I never left the pct or home without my off duty gun. 


Something else I want to remind you is that many States will not necessarily honor your status as a PR Trooper and allow you to carry. Perhaps things have changed, but in NY State you might have a bit of a problem carrying your gun. Again, you should look up the State police web site and seek out the law for where you are going. Also, remember that NYC is a "country" unto itself when it comes to carry rules.


One last comment on this. Years ago I had gone to PR on vacation. I had left my ID and badge and gun home in fear of possibly losing any thing. While on the highway going to Lajas I was stopped for speeding. I told the officer that I was on the job at home, but had no ID on my person. The young man was very respectful and gave me a break. I appreciated the respect and procceded respectfully holding to the speed limit. Because of this I would hope that Troopers everywhere would honour your status as a PR trooper.