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    Question Off the beat

    What is meaning "off the beat" below in headline?


    "L.A.’s overburdened emergency departments force involuntary mental patients to wait for hours, keeping police on the clock but off the beat."

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    Re: Off the beat

    Off the beat means "off duty".

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    Re: Off the beat

    It means that the police are not "on the beat":
    (one's assigned or regular path or habitual round: a policeman's beat) from: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/on+the+beat

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    Re: Off the beat

    I disagree with Mike here. The police are on duty and "on the clock" (being paid). They are, however, not carrying out their duties as patrol-men/women.

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    Re: Off the beat

    That is what I meat by "off duty". The fact that they are still being paid does not mean they are functioning.

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    Re: Off the beat

    In my opinion, if they're being paid, they're on duty. It should be noted that, in the UK, the general assumption is that police officers are always "on duty" - if they see a crime being committed/suspect that a crime is being committed, they are obliged to do something about it, whether they are officially on duty or not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Lightbulb Re: Off the beat

    I agree bhaisahab, too, because Is it understood that police aren't "on the beat" following paragraph in the column? is that so?


    Two police officers from the LAPD’s Central Division were sitting in a narrow hallway outside the locked psychiatric unit with a man and woman in handcuffs. Both patients had been brought to the hospital overnight on so-called 5150 holds, a forced 72-hour detention for mental evaluation of those deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.

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    Re: Off the beat

    Thanks for the context. I didn't understand it before.

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    Re: Off the beat

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    I agree bhaisahab, too, because Is it understood that police aren't "on the beat" following paragraph in the column? is that so?
    I think so- the article seems to be suggesting that valuable time that could be spent patrolling the streets is being wasted sitting in corridors.

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    Re: Off the beat

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think so- the article seems to be suggesting that valuable time that could be spent patrolling the streets is being wasted sitting in corridors.

    Yes. This opinion are being strengthened by the paragraph below, too.


    But the ward was full. The man — and a rotating series of cops with him — had been waiting for 11 hours for a bed to open up. The woman had been there for more than eight hours.

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