In 2009, Sergeant Allison “Ally” Jacobs initiated an investigation of convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido. Her finely tuned “gut instinct” led to the rescue of Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters who were fathered by her captor. A year later, Sgt. Jacobs suffered a line-of-duty injury and was unable to work.

Due to her media exposure, Sgt. Jacobs felt that she might be recognized by criminals who would want to exact revenge. Her request for a concealed weapons permit (CWP) was denied by UC officials. A subsequent law suit in 2012 was unsuccessful. Because California law entitles retired LEOs to a CWP, the judge in this case ruled that Jacobs had other methods of achieving the same result. Sgt. Jacobs accepted a disability retirement in 2013.

UC officials changed their policy following the court ruling. The university no longer considers Jacobs and others receiving disability income to be “retired.” Again, the request for a CWP was denied. Again, Sgt. Jacobs filed suit against her former employer.

“The Mad Hatter: “Would you like some wine?”

Alice: “Yes…”

The Mad Hatter: “We haven’t any and you’re too young.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

This curious decision by UC Berkley stands in stark contrast to federal law. Title 18 U.S. Code § 926C (Carrying of concealed firearms by qualified retired law enforcement officers) includes in its definition of “retired” any LEO who was… “separated from service with such agency, after completing any applicable probationary period of such service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by such agency.”

Of course, we are talking about Berkley. My greatest surprise is that UC Berkely police are not issued Nerf pistols and Whack-a-Mole mallets.

Bruce Bremer, MBA is LET’s technology contributor. Bruce retired from the Submarine Service after 21 years of in-depth experience with complex electronic technology. Lately, he is developing a corporate learning management system (Moodle LMS), curricula, and technical documentation for lighter-than-air tethered surveillance craft (aerostats). He has an extensive background in fleet modernization and military analysis. He teaches electronics and alternative energy at a Virginia college. Besides his MBA, Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer networking. He has been volunteering in public safety for many years.

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