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April 13, 2023
A New Orleans 911 operator is facing arrest for allegedly hanging up on callers reporting emergencies without taking down their information or passing it on to first-responders.
Stephens has been fired from her job with the Orleans Parish Communication District. She has not been arrested as of Friday morning. An investigation into Stephens was launched on August 23, when the dispatch center reported to the police that the woman had deliberately disconnected 911 calls without taking down necessary information, or relaying it to other dispatchers to summon help, reported Nola.com.
The New Orleans Police Department on Thursday obtained a warrant for 25-year-old Precious Stephens on charges of malfeasance in office and interfering with an emergency communication. If convicted of both charges, Stephens could face up to five-and-a-half years in prison and a fine.
The Orleans Parish Communications District reported Stephens to police on Aug. 23 after investigating a random set of calls with Stephens during her shifts on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21, officials told NOLA.com. “(The district) has and will continue to cooperate with the … investigation into this matter and is dedicated to providing any and all assistance to aid in (the) efforts,” read a statement from the communications district.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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