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Union backs nude cops at traffic lights

The Queensland Police Union has called for officers seen doing ‘nude runs’ around a police bus at a traffic lights in Brisbane not to be sacked.

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The Queensland Police Union has called for officers seen doing ‘nude runs’ around a police bus at a traffic lights in Brisbane not to be sacked.
 
The Queensland Police are aware of up to five officers had been involved in naked incidents at up to four separate sets of traffic lights in Brisbane.
 
The police service's ethical standards command is investigating a report from a woman who witnessed two men running naked around a bus stopped at traffic lights in Brisbane's east on Sunday.
 
Unmarked police vehicle
 
When police checked the bus's registration, they discovered it was an unmarked police vehicle.
 
It subsequently emerged the police, from the elite Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) were celebrating a buck’s night. They could now face criminal charges as well as disciplinary action ranging from a caution to dismissal.
 
One complicating factor is that specialist officers cost $50,000 each to train.
 
‘Over the top’
 
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said sacking the officers would be ‘over the top’.
 
‘Of course it's embarrassing and they will face some internal discipline issues, however sacking them would not only have a massive effect on them and their families, it would also deprive the QPS of officers who are trained to the very highest of standards,’ Mr Leavers said.
 
Remorseful
 
'Their actions on Sunday are completely out of character and they are very remorseful,’ Leavers said.
 
He said the specialist officers were usually on call 24 hours a day and did not normally drink alcohol.
 
Leavers said most people would recognise that people acted out of character on buck's nights.
 
The five police officers concerned have been suspended pending the outcome of further inquiries.
 
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