September 21st, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Florida cop, dispatchers fired for fake call - in name of love

A Fort Myers, Florida, police officer and two dispatchers were fired after an internal investigation determined that they made up a call to service - so the officer could sweet-talk his ex-girlfriend.

On August 9, officer Jason Moore called dispatcher Joeleen Jeffery and requested that they send his ex-girlfriend - also an officer - to a mall parking lot to check on a "suspicious person."

The call was recorded.

"The suspicious person is me," Moore told her.

"I'm putting that together," Jeffery responded.

When Jeffery got off the phone, she "speculated" to her colleagues that "maybe Officer Moore wanted to propose" to his ex-girlfriend, according to the internal investigation report.

Several officers responded to the mall thinking the call was real, the report says.

The former girlfriend was among them. She told police investigators that it struck her as "odd" when she pulled into the lot and saw other officers leaving, the report says.

It's unclear from the report whether she and Officer Moore talked in the parking lot, but the report says she told internal investigators that she had no idea that the suspicious person call was a lie.

According to the internal investigative report, the other dispatcher who was fired is Michael Grimmett who allegedly came up with the  description of the "suspicious person" - a black man wearing jeans and a T-shirt looking into car windows in the parking lot.

The ruse was revealed when a dispatcher told a sergeant about the bogus call.

"Officer Moore apologized for his actions and stated that he was in love with" his ex-girlfriend, the report states.

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  1. Angel Silva

    #1. The officers should be held to a higher standard because they know the law and are sworn to protect.
    #2. The #1 officer told the dispatcher to lie.
    #3. The dispatcher lied.
    The real outcome is that now ALL the cases that the officer and the dispatcher worked on should be reviewed for possible making a filing a false police report. false allegations, misleading statements, tampering with evidence, corruption, racial profiling, the list is endless.
    @ the officer who was fired for threatening the mom(if I am correct) I believe you should have advised her or/and the son that on the second or third time an officer was sent to thier house for the same issue that either or was going to be charged with making a false police report.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rettrod

    Now what would have been truly funny had she arrived at the scene alone, didn't recognize him in the dark and tazered him.

    September 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stephanie

    yall really gotta get off the racial thing its played out no wonder our world is like it is and yea its wrong accusing a race of doing something they didn't do we are all the same we all bleed red grow up people

    September 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rettrod

    I wish I was black. Then I could sit around and complain about being black. As it is I am white and really have nothing to complain about except for the fact I get to sit around and listen to black folks complain about being black. If you don't like your skin color then do what Micheal Jackson did and change it. And remember, Obama is half white. He is not our first black President. He is our first Interracial President.

    September 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ciemma

      You are a complete idiot. No one is complaining about being black. The comments are referring to blacks being blamed for everything falsely. And what does Obama have to do with it? And furthermore, MJ was still black, you moron!

      September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RG

    @Hector: I'm glad you got fired. You probably shouldn't be on the force anyway if you can't handle a stressful situation without abusing your power as an officer. I'm guessing you couldn't write reports very well either...

    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ray

    Behold the power of love! The thick blue line continues to broaden. Glad to see that this story saw the light of day. It appears today's modern officer is so removed from the public he/she serves that they feel they are above the law. From driving behavior to "booty calls."

    September 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT - ABUSED Emergency 911 system

    ABUSED the LIFE & DEATH threat, trauma calls
    911 system is for LIFE & DEATH threat medical trauma victim; and this officer ABUSED – MISUSED in official capacity.
    ABUSING the LIFE & DEATH emergency system is grounds for dismissal from his official position.

    September 24, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT - ABUSED his position as public official

    ABUSED his position.
    If he can not differentiate the BUSINESS & pleasure, he can not wear the uniform.
    He clearly ABUSED his position;

    September 24, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. offshore letter

    Great Post

    May 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
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