Since we've been talking about how the NYPD does things versus other departments, I decided to mention another interesting fact and see if this rule differs greatly from other departments across America and the world.
When Roc is not working, he is still required to be armed within the confines of the City of New York (The Five Boroughs) at all times. Let's say we're going to go into the City to see The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center this Christmas Season. He has to bring along his duty weapon or off-duty weapon; one of the two that are authorized by the NYPD.
The only exception would be if he was unfit for duty; let's say he knew he was going to go out and get royally drunk at a bar, or if he was sick or hospitalized within the confines of the Five Boroughs. Then he would not be expected to carry any weapon, and of course it would be ill advised for a night on the town anyway.
So: how does your Department deal with this issue? Is there a rule, and if so, do you know it? Forget the Department...how does your husband feel? Do you feel a certain way about it? Would love to hear feedback on this ever-interesting topic.