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83% of Rome’s police call in sick on New Year Eve

83% of Rome’s police call in sick on New Year Eve

Some 83.5 percent of Rome’s police scheduled to work on New Year’s Eve called in sick

Italian authorities are threatening disciplinary actions against those officers who never showed up as some 600,000 people welcomed 2015 on the streets of the capital.

Initially some 1,000 municipal police officers were scheduled to provide safety in Rome on that night. Those 835 who failed to show up to work mostly cited excuses such as donating blood or suddenly surfaced physical “disabilities”, La Repubblica reports.

Italy’s public service minister Marianna Madia warned on Twitter that disciplinary action may be taken against the officers, once the investigation of the incident is complete.

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