Cops these days: They’ll use any excuse to party.
This time, Columbus, SC police officers have taken up morning drinking—for science! At the town’s Criminal Justice Academy, “volunteer cops throw back shots” so that students can use real drunks to assess field sobriety tests, ABC 10 reports.
“I am volunteering my liver and kidneys for the better of society,” officer Richard Corely told ABC 10.
The debauchery starts at 8 am, and it doesn’t take long before the badge-yielding officials are good and pished. “By 10:30 am, Officer [Richard] Corley is at a .123%,” and the party-for-better-policing is just getting started.
“We drink to the point where we would blow drunk on a breathalyzer,” Corley said, “and we have cadets that come in to do the DUI field sobriety on us so they can learn what they need to do as police officers, what they’re looking for, how to go about seeing the signs of impairment.” Excellent police work.
In case you worried about whether taxpayers were footing this bar bill, ABC 10 says the booze was confiscated, not purchased. Also, the cops “sobered up” before leaving.
Anything for public safety.