After a second photo surfaced this week of a St. Paul police officer dressed in a Muslim woman's clothing, apparently for Halloween in both cases, Police Chief Thomas Smith has ordered an internal affairs investigation and is planning changes in the department.
Smith said officers will be retrained in cultural matters. He also has recorded a message to be circulated department-wide about the oath of office that officers took, conduct unbecoming an officer, and the dangers of officers using social media.
"I don't care if they're on duty or off duty, anything that can reflect poorly on the image of this department or this city, it's not going to be tolerated," Smith said Friday, Feb. 8. "They can have private lives, but they're still officers and they have to earn that badge every day."