(CN) – A prison guard can’t hold a private detective license, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled, “because of the obvious potential for abuse and conflict of interest.”
Marcel Centeno has been licensed as a private detective in New York for three years. He also works in Berks County, Pa., as a prison guard.
Centeno applied for a private detective’s license in Pennsylvania. Over the state’s objections, the trial court granted the license.
The Superior Court reversed, however, citing the appearance of impropriety and the potential conflict of interest.
“Moreover, it is well established that corrections officers are also considered law enforcement officers,” the court wrote. “The Courts of Pennsylvania have consistently held that a law enforcement officer cannot simultaneously hold a license as a private detective.”