Twenty-one Quincy police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after letting their gun permits expire, according to an official in the Police Department.
The official, who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, said a random search found that the Quincy officers had not renewed their permits.
A Quincy Police Department spokesman confirmed that officers had been placed on leave, but would not elaborate on what type of license had expired.
“It was an administrative issue that we are currently dealing with,” said Captain John Dougan. “. . . They have been placed on paid administrative leave pending clearing of an administrative issue.”
Dougan said 15 patrol officers and six supervisors were placed on leave. The department has more than 200 officers, and he said the administrative leaves will not deplete staffing. “We have plenty of personnel,” Dougan said.
In the past, the department has not checked permits or licenses on an annual basis. However, Dougan said the department is looking into policy changes so that officers are aware that their licenses — driver’s licenses, as well as gun permits — may be expiring.
In Quincy, all officers are required to have a gun permit to work. The department official said the department was expediting the renewal, and officers would return to work once their permits are renewed. According to Dougan, the officers should be back on the job by the end of the week.
Sources said the licenses were six-year Class A License to Carry Firearms permits. Renewals typically need to go through the State Police and the Department of Mental Health for clearance before the Office of Public Safety’s Firearms Records Bureau makes the firearms cards and sends them to the police station.
Christopher Walker, spokesman for Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy, said the mayor was not concerned about the issue.
“It’s my understanding that it’s an administrative issue in the Police Department,” Walker said. “They are on top of it and it’s being resolved.”
Terry Downing, union president, declined to comment, as did Brian Palmucci, who chairs the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.