Claremore Daily Progress

State/Nation

May 14, 2014

Hamilton launches allegations against Sheriff

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County E911 Center Director Janet Hamilton and Commissioner Kirt Thacker disputed Monday recent reports of operational issues with the E911 Center.
Thacker posed a question under “announcements” to Hamilton about the recent complaints. 
The item was not listed on the posted agenda.
“I keep getting emails about 911 and your incompetence,”  Thacker said. “Can you explain that?”
Hamilton began a lengthy response to his question detailing a complaint with a recent news article published by Fox23, in Tulsa in which reporter Angela Hong rode along with deputies.
“The sheriff (Scott Walton) has taken a literal attack on the 911 dispatch employees to show incompetence,”  Hamilton said. “The employees were set up to fail …”
 The sheriff’s deputies deliberately took an operator with more experience than 95 percent of the remaining staff and distracted the employee, according to Hamilton.
Hamilton said, that is normal activity and the employee is supposed to be able to handle it, but the dispatcher failed to check in on the deputy during the traffic stop.
The deputy had the reporter with him and failed to notify dispatcher, according to Hamilton.
“It is a shame we have a leader in this community that exerts ill behavior so bad on himself that he has his own employees do the same as him,” Hamilton said. “It is lack of integrity and lack of honesty.”
Hamilton also alleged Walton’s office exposed the reporter to confidential radio traffic.
 Thacker questioned the liability of the sheriff’s ride along policy. He made no inquiry of why the dispatcher failed to check in on the law enforcement officer.
Assistant District Attorney David Iski said the sheriff’s office does have a current ride along policy. 
Iski said it would be important for dispatch to be notified of all parties involved.
Chief Deputy Shane Rhames asked to address the claims made by Hamilton.

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