The Hoboken, N.J., SWAT team was axed from the department on Friday after pictures surfaced showing Hooters waitresses posing with their guns, sprawled on top of police vehicles and dangling off the shoulders of officers, MyFoxNY.com reports.
Public Safety Director Bill Bergin, who was sworn in on Friday, disbanded the SWAT team after controversy over the photos, which were taken two years ago at an Alabama Hooters as the officers returned from a Hurricane Katrina relief mission.
Hoboken created the public safety director position to oversee the police and fire departments.
The officers will remain on the force and continue with normal police work, but the SWAT commander, Lt. Angelo Andriani, was ordered to take desk duty.
Adriani, who is seen in many of the photos, also is taking heat from Latino officers who accuse him of being a white supremacist. They are suing for discrimination.
Andriani says the weapons were privately owned and not paid for by taxpayers.