Depends on the seriousness of the situation. Suspension or removal.
While there is potentially some old law on the books that has this as the punishment for desertion, I highly doubt you can make this statement with such certainty.Well I've never heard of the police department executing anybody for insubordination but in the Army if you're ordered to charge into battle and you run the other way you will be shot by your own troops. Desertion from the front line can mean the firing squad.
I NOTICE THAT THE OFFICER DID NOT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION!!!! He just gave you platitudes about the current chief of police's "intentions." That is frightening.Well if it is an illegal order, it is my understanding that you are under no obligation to obey it. Virtually all oaths of service are to the U.S. Constitution and in the case of police also to their state's constitution.
Please correct me if I am wrong here.
This past Saturday was medication turn in day at a local medical facility. When we arrived , there were several county police and a few state police present. I took the opportunity to ask a county officer what his department would do should they receive an edict or executive order directing them to begin the process of confiscating certain firearms. He told me that this had been discussed at a very recent meeting where he was present and he assured me that the Chief of Police had no intention of going door to door to round up private citizens' arms. He also said that the chief was very much in favor of citizens being armed. Hope he's right about this.