Four weeks ago, two unsigned complaints showed up at the Panama City Beach City Hall. The letters accused some police officers of, among other things, drinking and having sex on the job, stealing, and practicing selective law enforcement.
Beach Police Chief Robert Harding admitted three officers drank beer during last year's Indian Summer Festival, then drove home in their unmarked patrol cars, but he insisted they did not violate any laws or department policy at the time.
Deputy Chief Dave Humphreys, one of the officers who was involved, says the department policy on drinking and driving city vehicles has now been changed to prohibit that activity.
"We have a very extensive policy manual. We all adhere to that manual, but at times you have to update and bring it to modern times," said Deputy Humphreys.
Humphreys says that's where the changes are going to stop because the department already has an extensive policy manual which covers nearly every issue addressed in the anonymous letters.
"Parts of the anonymous letter, if proved be true, would certainly be violations, so there is no need to change policy. However, I need to stress that there is no evidence any of this occurred," said Humphreys.
City Manager Richard Jackson, who oversees the police department, says he's happy with Chief Harding and the department’s current policy manual.