Are cops allowed to sit idle in parking lots?
Sandusky police Chief John Orzech provided the following response:
The officers are permitted to sit in parking lots with their lights off. They can be doing several things in the cruisers. The officers can be running radar. They can be doing reports on their Mobile Data Terminals (MDT's) so that they're out in their zone assignments instead of coming all the way to the station. They could have just completed a call entering information on a call screen or could be other reasons that the officers are in a lot.