TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma Police chief says his department was wrong in paying about a dozen officers a full day’s wage to play in a charity basketball game.
An anonymous whistle-blower filed a complaint with the city June 1 alleging officers got their full 10-hour shift pay even though the game lasted only a few hours and that they were paid to practice, while other officers had to work over time to cover their shifts.
Chief Don Ramsdell told the News Tribune of Tacoma that it wasn’t the right decision to pay the officers while they played the charity game last month. He says the department will investigate the details of the complaint.
Ramsdell says the mistake did not intent to defraud citizens.
Information from: The News Tribune, www.thenewstribune.com