A Fort Lauderdale Police officer is facing a one-day suspension after he admitted to filling up his home's swimming pool with water from a city fire hydrant.
Officer James Hayes was given the suspension for "engaging in conduct unbecoming a police officer," according to a police department internal affairs memo.
The memo said an anonymous letter sent to internal affairs in December alleged Hayes had accessed the fire hydrant in front of his home to fill the pool, which the city doesn't allow.
Hayes admitted to investigators that he used an old fire hose borrowed from a fire captain to fill the pool back in August of 2017, the memo said. He said he wasn't aware that using water from the hydrant was improper since it was an acceptable practice when he lived in Michigan, the memo said.
The memo said the pool holds as much as 10,000 gallons and that the estimated value of the water taken is between $36.60 and $61.00.