Can You Start Your Own Sting Operation, or Do You Need Department Approval?
The thread about the wallets got me to wondering...
As a cop, can you start your own mini-sting operation?
I mean, let's say that your beat includes a shopping mall where you've had a lot of thefts. Are you allowed to set up and stake out your own bait car, for example, with fake valuables in plan view and the windows rolled down?
Maybe even get volunteers to help stake it out for you? (lol, I probably know the answer to that last question - I've been given liabiality lectures by the Chief already) :D
This assumes of course that you do it on public property, or have the property owner's approval.