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Officers suspended for Taylor Swift work

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Some Metro police officers found a pretty lucrative side job - driving for Taylor Swift's security team - but the gig ended up getting those officers in big trouble.

There are clear rules when it comes to off-duty jobs Metro officers can and can't work. It appears each of these officers in this case knew they were breaking the rules but were hoping their bosses wouldn't find out.

Swift is one of the biggest music stars on the planet, but a Metro Police Department investigation found the officers were paid $30 to $35 an hour while working roughly 20 days last summer working with her team.

The officers performed tasks like shuttling the country star and her staff around, gassing up vehicles and running errands.

Problem is, the Metro Police Department has strict rules when it comes to off-duty jobs the officers can work. In fact, in this case an internal investigation revealed these officers even asked their boss' permission to work this assignment. They were told no, but did it anyway.

According to a report, an anonymous tipster alerted the department's internal affairs office. During the investigation, the officers admitted they broke policies, so in April five were suspended 10 days and one sergeant for 12 days.

Swift's team had no clue the officers were breaking the rules, and they stopped working with Swift when the allegations arose, according to the firm that hired them.

We should point out, the officers were not found to be providing actual security for Swift, rather they drove her security team around. They weren't carrying their service weapons and didn't use Metro computers, which is what the initial tipster had reported.

Those officers are now back at work, and one officer has since retired.

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