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Miami Beach Police Chief: Officers no longer allowed to work off-duty at clubs

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Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates
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Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police President Alex Bello Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police President Alex Bello

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Miami Beach Police officers will no longer be allowed to work off-duty security at nightclubs, bars or cafes in the city, the department's newly appointed chief has announced.

In a statement released Tuesday, Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates said, "There is a need for a comprehensive review of our off-duty work policies. I am convinced that we need more safeguards and tighter rules before we can consider allowing this kind of work to resume."

The change in policy, which will go into effect Aug. 1, comes one day after Miami Beach Police Sgt. Mike Muley was suspended for allegedly working while inebriated at Mango's Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive. Police said they received a phone call Monday around 4:30 a.m. alerting them that a police officer in full uniform was acting drunk.

Police said officers came to the nightclub and transported Muley to Mount Sinai Medical Center for medical treatment and alcohol testing. Later that morning, the Miami Beach Police cruiser was seen outside the club covered in evidence stickers.

Muley has since been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation.

The president of the Fraternal Order of Police for Miami Beach called the measure excessive. "This is an overreaction and a great PR stunt by our chief," said Miami Beach Sgt. Alex Bello. "The residents and tourists should be afraid to come down here and actually visit any of these venues when there will be no actual security at the clubs."

There are 14 clubs in Miami Beach for which off-duty police work had been authorized under the long-standing policy.

Just last Thursday, former Miami Beach Police Officer Derick Kuilan was sentenced to 18 months in prison for giving a civilian a joyride on his station-issued ATV that ended in a crash that injured two beach goers. It was alleged Kuilan had been drunk.

Muley, Kuilan's supervisor on the night of the accident, testified during the trial. "He had his head down on the desk," said Muley as he reenacted Kuilan's behavior while testifying in the officer's trial. "He had his arms up, and his head down like this."

It remains unknown what amount of alcohol, if any, was found in Muley's system Monday morning.

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