Created a throwaway for this (OPSEC!),
I work at an undisclosed hospital in a downtown area as an armed security officer. Like most downtown hospitals, we have strict policies for entering our facility (Metal Detectors, Bag Checks ect. ect.) as well as a strict no weapons policy. The other day we had a police officer enter in our E.R. for observation with a concealed firearm, the officer was very polite and informed me of his firearm and presented his badge and identification. I was always under the impression that an LEO had the authority to carry his firearm in PFZ's. I ensured the officer was not going to be medicated, sedated or anything else that would render the officer unaccountable for his firearm, the staff ensured me that he would be alert at all times.
The nurses on staff made it very clear to me that they wanted me to confiscate his firearm because they felt very nervous about a loaded firearm in the building. I attempted to calm them by reassuring them that the man, although not in uniform, was a police officer and posed no threat to the staff.
To cut the story short, a few days later I was pulled aside by my security supervisor and the director of the hospital who informed me that they wanted NO FIREARMS WHATSOEVER in the hospital and that it was my job to prevent that, even if the patient is a police officer. I tried to explain to them that I was under the assumption that LEO's could carry in the hospital, to which they stated was false and that if it happened again, they wanted me to confiscate the officers firearm. They also stated that it was up to the director of the hospital to decide if LEO's could carry within the facility.
I can see this being a potential issue, as I doubt an LEO wants a security officer trying to confiscate the firearm (and I wouldn't want to anyways. Can anyone provide a law or anything official in writing so I may present this to my superiors? Or perhaps I am in the wrong? Your thoughts?
TL;DR- Can LEO's carry a firearm off duty in a PFZ? If so, can you provide official sources? Thanks!