Two District of Columbia police officers face administrative reprimands for moonlighting, against police regulations as cashiers in a convenience store in Southeast Washington.
The two 6th District officers, Michael E. Saucier, 32, and Joseph E. Gray, 31, have been ordered to quit their part-time jobs at the 7-Eleven store at 5026 Benning Road SE and to write letters explaining their actions to Police Chief Burtell Jefferson.
The department's action came after the Washington Post reported in Sunday's editions that two police officers were working in the store. During interviews at the sotre, the officers said they knew they were violating police regulations, but that they needed the income from the part-time work. They asked at that time that their names not be used in the story.
"They were conscious they were in violation" of D.C. police regulations that prohibit police officers from working in a store that has a liquor license, said Deputy Chief Theodore Carr, commander of the 6th District.
Carr said that, at the minimum, a written record of the violation would be put in the officers' personnel files. But they could be brought before the police trial board, where they could be ordered to pay a fine or resign.
The two officers and the owner of the convenience store, Tae Hwan Kim, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
However, in an interview at the store last week, Saucier echoed the sentiments to many police officers who have been forced to seek part-time jobs to "help make ends meet." In saucier's case, his infant son required surgery and his wife had to quit her job.
Saucier, a community services officer stationed at Walter Johnson Junior High School, also delivered newspapers on the weekend in addition to his work at the 7-Eleven.
"To afford our bills and maintain our standard of living, (I) had to go out and work . . . I know it's against regulations, but the store is right here, near where I work. I can make some of the money I need and not have to spend a lot driving out somewhere to put in the hours I need . . . It's a survival type of thing.