HOBOKEN, N.J. – A graduation celebration for newly-minted police officers got out of hand in New Jersey Friday, and nine Port Authority police officers have reportedly been fired as a result.
The New York Post reports that nine rookie Port Authority officers were fired for “running wild” at a graduation party, where some of them allegedly touched a woman inappropriately and others allegedly attempted to use their badge to avoid trouble.
There were dozens of new officers at the Texas Arizona Bar and Grill in Hoboken following a graduation ceremony for the officers, and the New York Post reports that the celebration reached a point where intoxicated officers hopped over the bar to pour their own drinks while still in uniform. Other officers reportedly trashed a bathroom.
When a bartender tried to quiet the rookies down, some of them reportedly flashed their badges and said their status as cops allowed them to act the way they were acting.
Police were called in to control the scene, and nine officers have been fired. Three supervisors also face disciplinary action, and three other rookie officers have been suspended for 30 days without pay.
“This is a sad day for the Port Authority Police Department,” Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, told the NY Post. “…We are extremely disappointed by the conduct of the probationary officers involved and appalled by the poor judgment of the academy staff members in attendance.”