20 Cops Disciplined For Eating Firefighters' Snacks

Twenty Troy police officers have been disciplined for breaking into a fire station's locked snack pantry.

Troy, MI – An investigation into who was eating snacks from a locked pantry in a Troy fire station revealed the culprits were none other than Troy police officers.

The Troy Police Department posted a press release on Twitter on March 8 that explained what had happened from beginning to end.

The press release explained that historically, the Troy Fire Department has welcomed the city’s police officers to help themselves to snacks and drinks at the fire stations, and to avail themselves of the facilities whenever they like for meal and restroom breaks.

In fact, all Troy police personnel were given key fob access to all of the fire stations within the city, the press release explained.

"Historically our officers have been invited to have food, snacks, water pop, paper plates," Lt. Jones told WJBK. "All that stuff has been available for our officers to use."

He said a significant number of Troy police officers are also volunteer firefighters.

The investigation into the missing snacks began after Fire Station 4 was recently remodeled.

After the renovations, the snacks were moved from an open area in the kitchen to a locked pantry, according to the press release.

Lt. Jones said that the police department began an internal investigation after the fire department complained that the snack supply in the recently-locked cabinet had continued to dwindle despite the restricted access, WJBK reported.

Investigators reviewed security camera footage of the fire station and discovered 20 different police officers had used credit cards to pop the lock on the pantry door to get to the snacks.

The officers who were involved in the disappearance of the snacks all readily admitted what they’d done, and indicated that they had believed they were still welcome to help themselves.

However, Troy Police Lieutenant Josh Jones told WJBK that was not the case.

"If you have to make entry using a tool to defeat a latch, that's a clue that you're not supposed to go into that room," Lt. Jones said.

He said that when the police department received questions about the investigation, officials decided to go public about the snack caper.

"We felt like it was important to make sure that this is everything that happened, there is nothing being hidden here," Lt. Jones said. "We are being transparent."

He was straightforward about who had been assigned culpability, WJBK reported.

“This is about our officers should have not entered a locked area of a fire department they were not supposed to have access to," Lt. Jones said.

During the investigation, police officers’ access to the fire stations was rescinded, but the police department has since tried to make amends, according to WJBK.

“We recognize that obviously our officers made a mistake, they used poor judgement," Lt. Jones said.

WJBK reported that the fire chief planned to reinstate officers’ access to the fire stations now that the investigation had been finished.

The names of the officers and which specific snacks they consumed were not released by Troy PD, WWJ reported.

The community had mixed reactions to the news about the snack thefts released by the police department, but most seemed rather entertained.

“I started reading as if this was from @TheOnion. Low key hilarious, or real?” Christy Strawser tweeted in response to the press released Troy police posted.

“It's real. We want to make sure everyone has access to the facts on this,” Troy PD replied on Twitter.

All of the officers who were involved in the snack incident have been disciplined, and the matter is considered closed by both the Troy police and fire departments, according to the press release.

“The Troy Police Department holds our Police Officers to the highest standards and entering an unauthorized area of another city department, no matter what the rational [sic}, is unacceptable,” the release said.

Comments (27)
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MikeyBoy
MikeyBoy

Snackgate

MikeyBoy
MikeyBoy

They really were caught by their Pringleprints

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Uh, why don't the police officers have their own snack supplies? It actually is rather funny but if you have to use a credit card to break into where the goodies are locked up it's pretty obvious the goodies were not for them. LOL I had a guy swipe a bottle of soda from the cooler at work that was mine. Here he came waltzing into our work area with the bottle up as he chug-a-lugged my drink with my name taped to the bottle. LOL

kr8caos2
kr8caos2

Another mystery solved. SMH

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I can't believe that the department issued a press release over this incident.

I also can't believe that 20 law enforcement officers needed to be told ""If you have to make entry using a tool to defeat a latch, that's a clue that you're not supposed to go into that room."

Sargejh
Sargejh

Who took the strawberries? I know someone took the strawberries. I’ll find out who took the strawberries if I have to tear this ship (firehouse) apart! 😂😂😂🤪🤪🤪

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

I think the Troy Police ought to investigate the workload of the individual who decided to issue a press release on this, obviously he has way too much time on his hands. As for the firefighter I hope they are receiving grief counseling as crime victims. Oh look it's snowing I see snowflakes!

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

The Troy police chief should NOT have disciplined the police officers. They previously had full access to the fire houses, even being given key fobs for access. It would appear no one bothered to tell them there had been a change in policy at ONE fire station, and they had no reason to believe the one fire station was an exception to policy. This is a mountain out of a mole hill and a petty matter that never should have become a public issue.

tfort
tfort

When you have to break into to a secure area, you have no business being in that area.

If a cop can’t figure that out, Troy is in trouble.

FrogHill
FrogHill

What happened to the good old days when the firemen would have just boobytrapped the cupboard with a flour bomb? Sheesh let's call out the SWAT Team. Oh wait, the SWAT Team is elbows deep into the "Geedunk Trunk" and Little Debbie is scared shitless

Larrydcam
Larrydcam

I think the LT. needs retraining on how to be a cop & not a snowflake. I mean it was an agreement & as you mentioned majority of officers were also volunteer fire fighters so they were technically entering into their own locker! As a retired LEO I am disappointed that you would stoop so low just to appease the liberal masses.

Annies Mom
Annies Mom

How about if the LEO's donate some $$$ every month, for the purchase of fire department snacks? Share your cookies and play nice, guys. 👮🍪🍶

tbabe1013
tbabe1013

LMAO! If that is Troy, MI's biggest problem they are fortunate.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Ok..lets admit stealing is stealing. And why did the cops not ASK why there was a lock on the cabinet? And WHY did the lock get installed anyway Sounds like a lack of communication to me..but maybe cops should make a donation to the snack cabinet..

temarch
temarch

The corrupt coppers copping cookies caper.

militans Deo
militans Deo

Bring your own damn snacks and drinks, JFC!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Perhaps we should all send "Care Packages" of munchies to the Fire Dept. for their and the cops consumption. How embarassing for the city to have to deal with this. And how embarassing to the cops involved.

Buffrat
Buffrat

Departments all over the country would wish all they had to worry about was some hungry cop sneaking a Milky Way Bar from a cabinet they used to be able to access in a Fire Dept that many are a member of on volunteer status. Whats next, writing them up for taking a dump in City Hall and using their toilet paper ?

pyland
pyland

What is all the " Snickering " about ?

dsmarine
dsmarine

A teaching moment, make them pay for the repairs and each write a paper on why they should not have broken in. And another paper on how they should have handled this situation.

FM1
FM1

Thank GOD it wasn't donuts.ha ha.i spent 40 years in the fire service and there has always been a little broken glass on top of the wall between fire and police but when it came time to lock and load for trouble we all stuck together and got the job done for the citizens.jgb