PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff's police chief said he will no longer allow officers to work off-duty security at nightclubs.
"I see it as being a great crime reducer, being proactive before things happen," said Council Member Thelma Walker.
Walker and Police Chief Jeff Eubanks went back and forth at the last council meeting on the issue.
Walker said Chief Eubanks sees it as a liability to the city. Off-duty officers were never allowed to work inside night clubs, but in the past they secured parking lots.
"Young people and people today don't respect security guards as much as they do policeman. In many cases, they don't even respect policeman," said Perry Johnson, owner of PJ's Nightclub.
Johnson said he employed up to four off-duty officers at his club before the rule went into effect.