Two police officers are fined $1,000 for breaching COVID-19 laws after partying at inner-Sydney apartment on Saturday
Two off-duty police officers have been given $1,000 fines for breaching coronavirus social distancing laws after partying at an apartment.
The two senior constables, a 27-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, had been at the party in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday with three other revellers.
All five were issued with penalty infringement notices for failing to comply with the Public Health Act.
It comes as it emerged police in New South Wales have issued 18 notices for breaches of the act since Friday to enforce rules on social gatherings during the pandemic.
A police officer patrols Bondi Beach to oversee social distancing measures on March 21. Two officers have been given $1,000 fines for breaching coronavirus restrictions
The pair of officers were caught after the woman was perceived to be in a drunken state by officers patrolling Sydney on King Street about 8.30pm.
‘Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command were conducting a patrol when they observed a woman who appeared to be intoxicated being assisted by a man on King Street,’ NSW Police said in a statement.
The woman was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment and released about 2am on Sunday morning.
After further inquiries, police discovered the woman had been at a social gathering with the 31-year-old man at a nearby apartment.
‘Police conducted further inquiries and established the 27-year-old woman, a serving Senior Constable attached to Police Transport Command, and the 31-year-old man had been at a nearby apartment at a social gathering,’ the spokesperson said.
‘A 27-year-old man, a serving Senior Constable attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command, a 28-year-old woman, and a 31-year-old woman, were also in attendance.’
On Tuesday, the five party-goers were issued with $1000 PINs.