Wii Bowling Cops Spared Tough Sanctions

November 11, 2009 -

Remember those Florida cops caught playing Wii Bowling following a drug raid?

Disciplinary measures for those who took part in the gaming party have been revealed and they are rather lenient. The Ledger reports that, following an investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 11 members of the task force in all were found to be at fault.

Undercover detectives who were on the scene received a letter of retraining and will undergo two hours of retraining, while supervising sergeants earned a letter of guidance and were sentenced to four hours of retraining.

Sheriff’s Chief of Staff Gary Hester said, “We are learning from our mistakes. I'm absolutely convinced these folks will never do that again. I think we handled (the investigation) appropriately. We told them we were disappointed in what they did.”

The actual incident took place way back in March of this year, but was not brought to the public eye until September, when a local TV station obtained the footage captured by surveillance cameras.


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Re: Wii Bowling Cops Spared Tough Sanctions

About right. It was unprofessional, but nothing really damning or anything.

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Re: Wii Bowling Cops Spared Tough Sanctions

I commented on this article when it was released here.  I hit the nail on the head when I said what their punishment was going to be.  It's just and fair IMO.  Loitering and wasting time is probably what they got popped for.  A class 1 at my department.

Re: Wii Bowling Cops Spared Tough Sanctions

"We told them we were disappointed in what they did.”

And then they got 2 hours of timeout. Sounds like this PD is being run like a daycare.


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It's not like they played "beat the black man".

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Re: Wii Bowling Cops Spared Tough Sanctions

A reasonable enough punishment, the whole situation will probably embarress them into not doing something like it again, but I doubt anyone here thinks they should lose their job over something like this.

Re: Wii Bowling Cops Spared Tough Sanctions

Well - wouldn't they be in violation of the EULA? Bascially 'pirating' a game?

After all - they didn't buy the software, nor would there be any reason to think they were 'licensed' to use it...

Re: Wii Bowling Cops Spared Tough Sanctions

I agree that no one should lose their job over this (In fact I think that sort of punishment happens far too much, resulting in people losing their entire careers over single mistakes) but it sounds like they're getting detention, despite making a mockery of a crime scene.

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