Two on-duty Tampa Police officers caught boozing at strip club

6:04 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - Two Tampa police officers partied at the Penthouse last November. Nothing wrong with that, except they did it while on the job.

According to a Tampa Police investigation, undercover officers Antonio Ortega and Paul Madsen started drinking at the Westshore Boulevard club before duty and continued doing so well into their shift.

According to Police Chief Jane Castor, the two were not in uniform, but they were discovered "highly intoxicated."

Two supervisors were also disciplined, because they lost track of their officers and did not report the incident immediately. Those supervisors were suspended and transferred.

During a Friday afternoon news conference, a somber Castor said such behavior will not be tolerated. "It's an embarrassment to me personally and to all of the men and women who work so hard in this department ... the citizens deserve better," she said.

Officer Ortega had been on the force for 10 years; Officer Madsen for 23. Castor says both been are remorseful, but Castor says their violations were clear.

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