Why is a Quincy police car always in the parking lot of the new Taco Bell?
Deputy Chief Curt Kelty said off-duty police officers often work for private businesses or organizations, as they are currently doing at the Taco Bell that opened earlier this month at 826 Broadway, the former site of Hess Auto Agency. Each business or organization pays the city, which then pays the officer.
“We do this type of work at the request of the business or organization, and the length of the details are determined by the length of time they think they need our services,” Kelty said.
Kelty said the Taco Bell owners primarily want the officers available to assist with traffic issues.
“If anything else comes up, like a big crowd acting unruly near closing time, the officer is present to deal with it,” Kelty said.
Kelty said officers are currently scheduled to work at Taco Bell through Sunday, June 1, at which time the restaurant’s owners “may extend it daily or just extend it to weekends, or they may not extend it at all.”
Kelty said there are typically no further costs other than the officer’s time in cases like these.