Armed police at US Embassy were drunk

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Armed police at US Embassy were drunk
Times Online Link

TWO Irish policemen face being dismissed after an internal inquiry found they got drunk and fought while on armed protection duty at the United States Embassy in Dublin.

The men, who between them have 35 years of service with the Garda, started drinking during a 12-hour shift armed with handguns outside the Embassy.

It is understood that the results of the internal inquiry have been sent to Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy with a recommendation that both men either resign or be sacked.

The officers began drinking heavily in a nearby pub during a break and remained until the early hours of the morning.

A fight broke out over whose round it was and the pair were separated before returning to their post and continuing to row in front of civilian security personnel and US marines At around 5am one of the men decided to go home two hours before his shift ended. As he drove home he was stopped and has since been convicted of drink-driving.

The two gardai were suspended from the force after the incident in June 2005. Abandoning a post, drinking on duty and brawling in public are all serious offences in the Garda discipline code.

The two have been found guilty of numerous counts of breaches of discipline. They and Commissioner Conroy have 15 days to make a final decision, which can be appealed.
 
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Must...resist...jokes...too...many...straight...lines...
 
#3
Big deal.I once got drunk on a nuclear sub and purposefully pressed the big red button that says "do not touch!!" Remember the tsunami? That was me.
 
#4
Nice to know the paddies are still living up to their reputations.Its been said when drunk they can start a fight in an empty room.
 
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Random_Task said:
Armed police at US Embassy were drunk
Times Online Link

TWO Irish policemen face being dismissed after an internal inquiry found they got drunk and fought while on armed protection duty at the United States Embassy in Dublin.

The men, who between them have 35 years of service with the Garda, started drinking during a 12-hour shift armed with handguns outside the Embassy.

It is understood that the results of the internal inquiry have been sent to Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy with a recommendation that both men either resign or be sacked.

The officers began drinking heavily in a nearby pub during a break and remained until the early hours of the morning.

A fight broke out over whose round it was and the pair were separated before returning to their post and continuing to row in front of civilian security personnel and US marines At around 5am one of the men decided to go home two hours before his shift ended. As he drove home he was stopped and has since been convicted of drink-driving.

The two gardai were suspended from the force after the incident in June 2005. Abandoning a post, drinking on duty and brawling in public are all serious offences in the Garda discipline code.

The two have been found guilty of numerous counts of breaches of discipline. They and Commissioner Conroy have 15 days to make a final decision, which can be appealed.
The Times story is not 100% accurate:

The two Gardai were plainclothes Officers, I tought it odd to coppers in uniform boozing!.

They actually left an unarmed uniformed Officer manning the post!.

The fight took place at the Embassy and not in the Pub as the article would lead you to beleive.


Abandoning the standard issue handgun is also an offence which is not mitigated by the act of handing it over to a uniformed officer as only plain clothes members of the force are allowed to carry a weapon.
 
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Mad_Moriarty said:
Random_Task said:
Armed police at US Embassy were drunk
Times Online Link

TWO Irish policemen face being dismissed after an internal inquiry found they got drunk and fought while on armed protection duty at the United States Embassy in Dublin.

The men, who between them have 35 years of service with the Garda, started drinking during a 12-hour shift armed with handguns outside the Embassy.

It is understood that the results of the internal inquiry have been sent to Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy with a recommendation that both men either resign or be sacked.

The officers began drinking heavily in a nearby pub during a break and remained until the early hours of the morning.

A fight broke out over whose round it was and the pair were separated before returning to their post and continuing to row in front of civilian security personnel and US marines At around 5am one of the men decided to go home two hours before his shift ended. As he drove home he was stopped and has since been convicted of drink-driving.

The two gardai were suspended from the force after the incident in June 2005. Abandoning a post, drinking on duty and brawling in public are all serious offences in the Garda discipline code.

The two have been found guilty of numerous counts of breaches of discipline. They and Commissioner Conroy have 15 days to make a final decision, which can be appealed.
The Times story is not 100% accurate:

The two Gardai were plainclothes Officers, I tought it odd to coppers in uniform boozing!.

They actually left an unarmed uniformed Officer manning the post!.

The fight took place at the Embassy and not in the Pub as the article would lead you to beleive.


Abandoning the standard issue handgun is also an offence which is not mitigated by the act of handing it over to a uniformed officer as only plain clothes members of the force are allowed to carry a weapon.
Do you have a source for this?
 

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