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Blanchard Cops Accused Of "Partying On The Job"

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The City of Blanchard has not released the names of the officers under investigation. The City of Blanchard has not released the names of the officers under investigation.
BLANCHARD, Oklahoma -

Four Blanchard police officers stand accused of partying on the job. Police chief Walt Thompson is recommending disciplinary action for the officers, according to city manager Robert Floyd.

Witnesses say a Saturday night house party in late October was where four Blanchard police officers decided to let loose. The officers were off the streets while on duty for roughly four hours -- leaving only one officer to pick up the slack for the entire city, according to a complaint received by the City of Blanchard.

"It was an alcohol party, but the alcohol was not consumed by the officers," a source close to the case said.

Complainants say the lone officer patrolling the city during the party was required to transport an inmate to the county jail. That absence left all of Blanchard without patrols for a good hour and a half.

"The recommendation [for discipline] from the chief to the city manager was, in a sense, squashed," the source told News 9. "Nothing -- no punishment was given to these officers."

The City of Blanchard has not released the names of the officers under investigation. City officials say disciplinary action is still a possibility.

"There was a recommendation by the [police] chief," city manager Robert Floyd confirmed Monday. "As city manager, it's my responsibility to review it."

Three months later, Floyd has not taken any action. Floyd says inconsistencies with witness testimony is sparking questions as to how long the officers were actually at the party. Due to those discrepancies, Floyd says he is calling for an independent investigator to sort the mess out. In the meantime, Floyd says police department policies will be reviewed to spell out just how long officers can be away from actively working their beats.

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