Three police officers have been rebuked for
booze-fuelled behaviour after their colleagues expelled them
from a Christchurch bar.
The off-duty officers were at a pre-Christmas
function with workmates at the Pegasus Arms Restaurant and Bar
on Friday, December 12.
On-duty police went to the bar about 7.30pm
for liquor checks.
They believed their off-duty colleagues were
intoxicated and told the group to leave the bar.
It is understood that, after leaving the bar,
three off-duty officers took off their trousers and ran to the
police station with road cones on their heads.
Canterbury District Commander Superintendent
Gary Knowles said he was "aware of an alleged incident involving
the behaviour of three off-duty staff who left a Christchurch
bar on 12 December".
"The matter was investigated from an
employment perspective and all of the staff involved have been
spoken to," he said.
The police code of conduct required staff to
"uphold the standards expected of them, regardless of whether
they are on duty or not".
He took allegations of inappropriate police
"Any allegation that staff have not met these
standards will be investigated thoroughly and appropriately,"
Knowles was unaware of the specific details of
the officers' behaviour, but said he welcomed further
Pegasus Arms business development manager Alex
Brackstone said the bar took liquor laws seriously.
Six duty managers worked that night. Staff did
not think the off-duty police were intoxicated, but supported
"From our perspective there were no issues,
but we accepted their observation. They did think there were a
few people becoming intoxicated. We took their advice and the
people left the premises," Brackstone said.
"In lots of respects, police are probably
harder on their own because they've got standards to uphold.
"We had no aggression, just a lot of happy
Christmas cheer. If they [police] see something we haven't, it's
brilliant and we support it."
"They [police] were just going around and
doing their job, probably a bit more diligently and certainly
earlier than usual," she said.