2018-08-01 11:38:25 UTC
Florida Cop Disciplined for Taking Her Own Sweet Time Responding to Calls
BY STAFF WRITER |JUL 30, 2018 |58 COMMENTS
Bradenton Police Officer Disciplined
A Bradenton, Florida police officer responded to a February 911 dispatch
call reporting a shooting in a private residence. But it took her longer to
arrive that a number of other officers in her department.
The responding officer apparently drove at normal traffic speeds to the
scene (no lights, siren or urgency) because, “…it was to me an issue of
getting more information to…determine the severity of the incident.” That
seems to be her standard operating procedures when responding to emergency
Officer Amy Schwartz told internal affairs investigators she usually doesn’t
activate her lights and sirens unless “there’s an officer down.” …
Instead, Schwartz drove below the speed limit at times, stopped multiple
times for traffic lights and stop signs and even pulled over as her own
sergeant passed her by with his lights and sirens, according to the internal
When confronted by her sergeant at the crime scene, Schwartz said she never
responds in emergency mode unless another officer is down or asks for help,
according to the report.
Reports of mere civilians in danger apparently don’t rise to the level of an
emergency in Officer Schwartz’s book. It seems that, in Bradenton, more than
most locations, you really are your own first responder.
Schwartz has not been terminated despite four violations of the department’s
general orders being sustained against her for which she could have been
fired. Instead, Bradenton police suspended Schwartz for 100 hours without
pay, referred her to counseling and ordered her to undergo on-going training
at the direction of Chief of Police Melanie Bevan over the course of 18
months, according to a June 14 dated memo addressed to the 15-year veteran
Schwartz has since returned to work.
That must be a real comfort to Bradentonians.
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