Videos allegedly depicting uniformed Toronto Police officers partying it up on the job are under investigation by the force’s professional standards unit.
A series of seven videos, posted to Instagram, appear to depict two uniformed officers goofing around with a group of women inside the bar Queen Street Warehouse in Toronto’s downtown Entertainment District, playfully placing handcuffs on two of them.
The two officers, confirmed by three Toronto Police sources as Const. Jian Liang and Const. Aaron Isaac, are currently attached to 52 Division in downtown Toronto.
Other videos show the women approaching and riding around in the back of a marked Toronto Police cruiser, jokingly referring it as their “Uber” as the officers blast music via YouTube on their in-car computer workstation.
Toronto police spokesman Meaghan Gray said the police service learned of the videos on Monday and forwarded them to the professional standards unit for review.
The videos, which have since been deleted from the Instagram account that originally posted them, have quickly made waves both within and outside of the city’s police ranks.
“It’s highly unprofessional and the guys are screwed because there is no guideline in any police rule book that says you can do any of that,” said a senior policing insider.
But policing peers close to the officers say while protocols were clearly not followed, they maintain the two were playfully trying to do a spontaneous form of light hearted policing in an environment where out of the box thinking is sometimes needed.
Neither of the officers were available for comment Monday night and no finding of wrongdoing has been made in their case.