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    Trooper Suspended 15 Days

    Trooper Suspended 15 Days
    Response To 911 Call Called Inappropriate

    March 22 2005

    A state trooper was suspended for 15 days without pay Monday for
    telling the friend of a seriously injured motorcyclist "too bad,"
    and hanging up on him when he called 911 for help last August.

    State police said Trooper Robert Peasley's behavior did not affect
    the response time to the accident or contribute to the death of
    Justin Sawyer, 21, of Bozrah. Sawyer died of head injuries several
    days after the crash in Bozrah.

    "The investigation revealed inappropriate and unprofessional
    language," said Sgt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman. "The
    investigation revealed that despite the comments, state police and
    emergency service arrived promptly."

    But state police Commissioner Leonard C. Boyle said residents expect
    more from the state police when they call for help.

    "When someone reports a serious incident on a 911 call, the person
    receiving that call has an obligation to receive information, convey
    information back to that person and do so in a respectful manner,"
    Boyle said Monday.

    Sawyer's family hired a lawyer, complained to state police, and
    requested the tape of the incident after learning what the trooper
    had said to Sawyer's friend. No lawsuit has been filed. Sawyer's
    family could not be reached for comment Monday.

    Peasley, who was working the dispatch desk in the Troop E barracks
    in Montville, was punished after an internal affairs investigation
    for several offenses, including conduct unbecoming a police officer,
    inefficient action and lack of decorum, police said.

    The trooper hung up on the caller because he apparently thought he
    had received several other calls about the same incident. But Boyle
    said the investigation showed that the call from the friend was the
    first Troop E received for that accident. It also showed that
    Peasley was rude to a second caller who reported the accident,
    telling him Sawyer "shouldn't have been riding that way."

    Union officials said they will fight to reduce the punishment,
    especially considering that Peasley, an 18-year veteran, has a good
    record and had not previously been in trouble.

    "It's a tragedy. But the discipline imposed is extremely harsh and
    not warranted," union President David LeBlanc said Monday.

    LeBlanc said Peasley and the one civilian dispatcher on duty on the
    evening of Aug. 17 were swamped with calls from another accident and
    several other incidents.

    LeBlanc said the incident illustrates the stress on dispatchers and
    troopers who man the desks at the busiest barracks.

    "It's out of control, and the agency has refused to staff it
    appropriately," LeBlanc said.

    Boyle said the department is looking into ways to better handle 911
    calls.

    "In this instance, the investigation established the trooper had the
    opportunity and should have taken and provided more information,"
    Boyle said.
    MrJim911

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJim911
    Boyle said the department is looking into ways to better handle 911
    calls.
    Hire dispatchers to do their job, and put the troopers out on the street where he can be rude to the people in person.
    CPD-Dispatcher
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    those of my wife who runs our house and makes more important decisions
    than I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPD-Dispatcher
    Hire dispatchers to do their job, and put the troopers out on the street where he can be rude to the people in person.
    Novel idea CPD. Perhaps I should go post this at O.com where they think "it was better in the old days when cops worked radio". I would do that, but I'm going on vacation in a few days and don't want my blood pressure to rise and kill me before then.
    MrJim911

    Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalks us all our lives. But maybe time is also a companion who goes with us on our journey, and reminds us to cherish the moments of our lives because they will never come again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJim911
    Novel idea CPD. Perhaps I should go post this at O.com where they think "it was better in the old days when cops worked radio". I would do that, but I'm going on vacation in a few days and don't want my blood pressure to rise and kill me before then.
    I can't type what I am thinking about that other website. Anyway have a good vacation.
    CPD-Dispatcher
    The opinions expressed are mine alone and do not necessarily represent
    those of my wife who runs our house and makes more important decisions
    than I do.


 

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