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Mayor to allow Toledo Police to work bar security jobs through April 1

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Police officers will be able to continue to work off duty security jobs at area bars and clubs through the first of the month, according to Toledo Police Patrolman's Association President Dan Wagner.

On Thursday, Chief Moton's office distributed a notice stating officers would no longer be allowed to be employed by establishments where alcohol is the primary business. Special events, such as festivals, would still be allowed.

Moton said having officers work security at bars and night clubs was a safety risk and a liability for the officers and the city.

That notice was to take effect immediately. On Friday, Mayor D. Michael Collins stepped in and said the side jobs would be allowed to continue until April 1.

The change allows bars another week to arrange security for next weekend.

Bar owners say they like having offices in their bars.

"It's huge. It's just their appearance there that stops them.  We had almost 9,000 people for St. Patrick's Day weekend and just 2 incidents where they had to escort 2 guys out .Just them being there is great," said Blarney owner Ed Beczynski.

Wagner also says the mayor will continue to consider the policy through the weekend, and could make more changes.

Mayor Collins did not return calls to comment on the matter.

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