S A N D U S K Y -- A Sandusky police dispatcher has been placed on administrative leave for what supervisors are calling unprofessional behavior during a 911 call. The unnamed dispatcher reportedly mocked a Sandusky citizen during an emergency call.
The Fraternal Order of Police filed a grievance in defense of the dispatcher late Friday night. "Dispatchers are under intense stress and scrutiny. It is unreasonable to expect them not to react to such blatant stupidity and abuse of our emergency response system." The recording, which has been obtained by the Sandusky Regurgitator, records the dispatcher dismissing the caller after he repeatedly shouts "Bingo" in hopes of collecting a prize from the police department.
The situation follows the recent firing of Sandusky police officer James Desalle after it was decided that he was dishonest during an investigation into his alleged tobacco use while on duty.
The recording shows the caller being transferred between Perkins, Huron Fire, and Sandusky police. The caller was transferred to Huron fire for an unknown reason. Some are saying the incident heightens the need for a combined county-wide dispatch system. "Obviously, having combined dispatch would prevent these sorts of miscommunications between dispatchers," said Captain Paul Sigsworth of the Erie County Sheriff's office. "It also shows how the stress level for police skyrocket when they're forced to handle shockingly inane calls from ignorant citizens."