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By PoliceOne Staff
MIAMI-DADE — Three Miami-Dade police officers have been fired following an investigation that they ignored emergency calls, filed false police reports and lied about calls they handled.
The Miami Herald reported that three other officers were suspended without pay over the allegations.
By Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
Actions have consequences.
Inaction, too, has consequences.
We reported today on some truly unsettling video surveillance taken by Miami-Dade Internal Affairs Bureau during an investigation into alleged dereliction of duty by a handful of officers.
Continue reading Showing the slugs the door
The six disciplined officers are all from the Kendall District squad.
The Miami-Dade Internal Affairs Bureau began the probe in 2010, according to the report.
The officers were followed, captured on video and tracked with GPS devices. More than 130 violations of department policy were documented, the article said.
The three officers who were fired were Sgt. Jennifer Gonzalez and officers Dario Socarras and Jose Huerta.
Gonzalez was caught shopping, loading purchases into her patrol car and visiting her parents while on duty, according to the article.
Socarras ignored emergency calls, including robbery, while spending time with his girlfriend and having coffee with Huerta, officials claimed.
Investigators claimed Huerta would allegedly claim to be tied up on a call on several different occasions when in fact he was free to respond.
The department took the disciplinary measures in September last year.
The three officers who were suspended are now back at work.
The three officers who were fired plan to appeal the decision, according to the article.
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