WILKES-BARRE — City Police Chief Gerard Dessoye is investigating circumstances of a picture that depicts a woman about to lick the badge of a police detective, city spokesman Drew McLaughlin said Monday.
Three pictures were emailed to The Times Leader over the weekend in response to a story about the city police department’s special detail program, which involves off-duty police officers working security for private businesses and school events.
One of the pictures clearly shows a city police detective wearing a Wilkes-Barre Police Department uniform standing face to face with a woman who is about to lick his badge.
The picture shows the former Hardware Bar on South Main Street in the background.
The Hardware Bar has since been renamed Susquehanna Ale House.
The two other pictures show a scantily clad woman squatting and grabbing the radio antenna on the rear of a police cruiser, and another scantily clad woman lying across the hood of a cruiser.
McLaughlin said those two pictures appear to have been taken in another city, perhaps Scranton.
It remains unknown when the pictures were taken or who took the pictures.
“Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerard Dessoye is investigating the circumstances surrounding these photos,” McLaughlin said in an email.
“Upon initial review, judging by the type of uniform worn by the officer and the lack of a wireless antenna for the RMS system on the vehicle, we believe it to be at minimum a year old. Furthermore, the police chief believes there was no criminal misconduct by our officer but he appears to have violated departmental regulations. Upon determining the full facts of the case, appropriate disciplinary action will be administered by the chief.”