A New York town was left without any police on duty after several off-duty officers went to a Sussex County Hooters and the one officer assigned to work didn't show up.

Deerpark Police Chief Bill Werner tells the Middletown Times Herald-Record that the outing in Franklin, N.J., last Thursday was intended to build camaraderie.

He says two officers were scheduled to work that night, but one couldn't because of a suspension. The town's supervisor says the other officer didn't feel comfortable working the night shift alone.

That left a single state trooper on call to cover the town.

Town council members say the lack of police coverage is troubling and they plan to investigate the matter.

The chief says the safety of the town wasn't compromised as a result of the Hooters trip.