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Lawmaker: Dispatchers Can’t Tip Off Crooks

Lawmaker: Dispatchers Can’t Tip Off Crooks

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When you are entrusted with sensitive information, you should face consequences when you break that trust.
That’s the idea behind a bill introduced by State Sen. Dave Koehler.  He says a police chief in his district informed him of a Chicago case from the 1990’s in which a 9-1-1 dispatcher tipped off a criminal suspect as to the police’s whereabouts.
The dispatcher was fired but prevailed in court, as it is not against the law to do what she did. Under his bill, “It’s a Class 3 felony, just like, say, somebody driving the getaway car in a crime would be charged,” says Koehler.

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