I'm a member of a Union. Please note that I was mobilized/activated in August 2010 and I'm still on active duty (August 2010 to October 2013). I approached a military attorney in 2011 and he told me that since I was on mobilization orders under Tittle 10, I don't work for the city. My obligation is to the military.
I also contacted a DOL Investigation in Oceanside. He did not understood how the city could attempt to discipline me while I'm on active mobilization orders and he had never heard of any case like mine. He told me that he could not do anything at the time as "technically" I did not work for the city. He told me to submit a grievance through VETS upon my return to work with the city.
I am not aware of any requirement to report any potential crime. I can't carry guns, handcuffs, etc while on active duty.
My friend was never charged with any crime. I spoke with the lead investigator and she told me that she could not find any evidence against my friend.
This is a synopsis of what happened; My friend called me (Dec 2011) and asked me to go with her to the business as she was being accused of paying with forged money. It was on my way home so I met her at the business. There were approximately $860.00 of counterfeit $20.00 bills. While there, the manager contacted the worker that received the money from my friend. My friend reminded him that she paid with some $100. bills. He apologized that he forgot, but she was right as she paid with some $100. bills. The manager and my friend kept talking and the manager said, "the owner just want his money back." I was dumb enough to tell her that she needed to call the police... I explained to her the procedures and the need to call the police. After about 10 minutes of explaining the process with the police and secret service and the importance of calling the police she started looking at me suspiciously. I told her that the only reason I knew so much about the process was that when Im not with the military I worked as a police officer and showed her my police id card.
She continue talking to my friend and she asked the manager to call the police. The manager stated that she was still in need to contact two more people. At that point my friend decided to leave and walked outside... I followed and reminded the manager that it was important that she call the police..... About two weeks later Secret Service personnel showed up on base and spoke with me. I told them what I heard and one of them was mad because I did not call them directly.
I'm submitting my complaint through VETS tonight.... I'm also writing to a couple of Congressmen and Senators about this issue for clarification.
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