2.32.060 – Private occupations

No member of the city police department shall directly or indirectly engage in the following private occupations within the corporate limits of the city:

  1. A private detective, a private detective agency, or a private detective business, as defined in the following:
    1. A private detective business shall consist of the business of making, for hire or reward, an investigation or investigations by a person or persons for the purpose of obtaining information with reference to any of the following matters:  crime against a commonwealth or wrongs done or threatened; the habits, conduct, movements, whereabouts, associations, transactions, reputations, or character of any person, firm or corporation; the credibility of witnesses or other persons; the location or recovery of lost or stolen property; the causes, origin or responsibility for fires or accidents or injuries to real or personal property; or concerning the truth or falsity of any statement or representation; or the business of securing for hire or reward, evidence to be used before authorized investigating committees, boards of award or arbitration, or in the trial of civil or criminal cases.  The business of furnishing for hire or reward, guard or guards, watchman or watchmen, patrolman or patrolmen, or other persons to protect persons or property, both real and personal, or to prevent theft or the unlawful taking of goods, wares and merchandise, or to prevent the misappropriation or concealment of goods, wares and merchandise, money, bonds, stocks, choices in action, notes or other valuable documents or papers, and shall include any individual who shall for hire patrol, watch or guard any residential, industrial or business property or district, or the business of performing the service of such guard or other person for any of said purposes.
    2. A detective agency shall mean and include any person, firm or corporation engaged in the private detective business who employs one or more persons in conducting such business.
    3. A private detective shall mean and include any person who, singly, conducts a private detective s without the assistance of any employee and who is the holder of a certificate of registration issued by the department of registration and education of the state.
  2. The repossession of personal property;
  3. The serving of legal documents or papers that do not arise out of their duties as members of the city police department.
(1978-M-25: § 1 (part); Prior code: § 7.006)