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Would a Florida Cop Please Explain This Sign

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by RussP, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  2. dreis454


    Jul 11, 2009
    I am NOT a LEO or live in Florida but I've heard of these kinds of signs.

    That Walgreen's has set aside some space where local LE can receive info & other LEO items (for lack of a better word) i think it can also be used as a mini station for a SHTF event.

  3. This could be viewed a few ways:

    1) Attempt to deter robberies by leading bad guys to believe that the Police are in an out of the store on a frequent basis.

    2) It could be an attempt by management to deter persons from carrying a legally concealed handgun by making someone "believe" that it meets the exemption statute.

    a) I have been a LEO since 1984, I am not a lawyer, but my interpretation of the statute is that it must be an actual Police Station, Sheriffs Office, Highway Patrol Station, etc. This is a pretty generic sign that appears to have no official relationship with any law enforcement agency. If I were called upon to enforce it as a no carry zone, I would decline to do so.
  4. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

    Aug 27, 2004
    Not a Florida cop either, but I agree with dreis. We used to have similiar things. Usually it was apartment complexes that set up an apartment we could use as a kind of "field station" to write reports, run involvement checks, speak to victims, take breaks, etc.... We had a few in strip malls too. It was a community policing thing.
  5. BamaTrooper

    BamaTrooper Almost Done

    Sep 12, 2006
    Rocking Chair
    I think it means the police got free office space and it is in a relatively easily located, centrally situated area. I would venture to say it has a desk or two and a drop box for the PD mail.

    Go in and check.
  6. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Thanks, guys.

    I am familiar with setting up sub-stations in apartment complexes. In my asset management days we established several in the complexes under our oversight.

    The sign is very generic and doesn't established or confirm a relationship with any agency or department. That is what is confusing some people. How specific must a "police sub-station" sign be to become enforceable is their question.

    Bodyarmorguy, I'm going to cross-post your input in the CI thread. Let me know if you object and I'll remove it.

    I'd appreciate more input.

  7. cwr


    Feb 25, 2008
    It means we probably have a desk, a place to keep some paperwork and a phone to use in the building. More importantly it's a place we can go and get out of the heat! The business likes the presence and we like the AC.
  8. Chuck.....where on the East Coast? I am in Brevard.
  9. Hedo1


    Oct 1, 2007
    SE Pennsylvania

    That sounds like my grandpop's store in Philly when he had it. Always had coffee on in the winter and cold water in the summer as well as a bathroom for the patrolman to use. He and his brother were both retired PD. I think the bad guys crossed the street if they had to walk past.
  10. Ca somebody tell me if this sign is a magnet for every CCW badge carrier and police enthusiasts who are waiting for their spouses to finish shopping? And draws in the local badge bunnies also?
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  11. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

    Feb 21, 2009
    From what I hear Florida has some major problems with prescription drug abuse, pill mills, and pharmacy robberies. I would think this is Walgreens answer, setting up some space and encouraging local officers to use it as a sub-station. A good way to get some police on scene for free and provide a service to them as well.
  12. toddmog


    May 28, 2007
    When I lived in IL, there was a sub-station at a local Quik Trip. I never could figure out why since this particular location was only 2 blocks from the PD.
  13. Dragoon44

    Dragoon44 Unfair Facist Lifetime Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    In my neck of the woods (SW Fl) you will find substations all over. Particularly Sheriffs office Substations, they have tried to save money by having businesses donate space (Like malls and shopping centers) or rent them the space at minimal costs. This reduces the Departments costs by them not having to buy or build substations themselves.
  14. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    What do you mean by "enforceable"? Without venturing to the CI thread my guess is that Florida permit holders can't carry in to a police station?
  15. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

    Jan 15, 2011

    Government Building, School, and place that serves alcohol. I am not a lawyer nor did I look the law up going off the top of my head. I would assume a Police station is considered a Government building?

    Just to clear up I am not being a smart ass about the police stations. Some reason I keep thinking there a state building and not a government building which may turn out to be the same thing. Either case its a common since place not to carry legal or not.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  16. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Correct. I should have been more specific.
  17. DFinch


    Feb 11, 2006
    Pac NW
    Free sandwiches?
  18. Roering

    Roering Sorting nuts

    Feb 14, 2008
    Costa Mesa
    Occasionally police will park their car in a quiet out of the way place to catch up on paperwork. Maybe Walgreen's wanted to give them a designated spot for it?
  19. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
    And really good coffee?

  20. cwr


    Feb 25, 2008
    I'm up the road in Daytona Beach. I don't have any Walgreens in my zone but there are a few in my district. I'll have to take a look and see if there are any of these signs hanging up.