SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires tells NEWS10 an internal investigation is ongoing to find out whether there was inappropriate conduct during a platoon party that included strippers last week.
Chaires says the party happened Wednesday night at Johnny Goo's Clam Shack on Lower Broadway in Schenectady. He says the party was for the midnight to 8:00 a.m. shift, which includes about 25 people.
"Every year different units will have a party, it's a glorified Christmas party, we always have one at the end of the year," Chief Chaires said. "I can tell you having a stripper at one of these parties is unprecedented."
Chaires says he was made aware there may have been some inappropriate conduct between his officers and strippers during the party after someone told a news agency about it and he started recieving calls.
"They were questioning that there was a stripper and that things may have crossed the line at the platoon party," Chaires said.
Watching strippers is not illegal, however if the officers went too far and touched a stripper or if a stripper revealed her breasts or her bottom there may have been city decency laws violated, Chief Chaires explains.
"We just have a standard," Chaires said. "This tarnishes the image we're trying put forth."
Chief Chaires is retiring before the end of the year. His last day is Sunday, December 30th. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy has not yet revealed who will be taking his place.
The owner of "Tops in Bottoms," Nathan Rice, said someone paid $375 for the two-girl show, which normally lasts an hour and a half.
He said that night he was contacted by one of his bouncers, who said the officers wanted to hire strippers. He sent two girls over with a chaperone. He was never contacted directly by anyone in the party.
"Usually at the end of the night the bouncer will call if there was anything inappropriate. It sounds like everyone had a good time. It was a Christmas party," Rice said.
When asked about the investigation into inappropriate police conduct. Rice replied: "It's silly."
Chief Chaires said they are hoping to have the investigation wrapped up by the end of the week.
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