One officer and two dispatchers were fired from the Fort Myers Police Department after an internal affairs investigation revealed they faked a call for service – in the name of love. Officer Jason Moore called dispatch and asked them to send his ex-girlfriend, also a Fort Myers Police Officer, to a fake suspicious person call at the Edison Mall so he could talk to her.
Dispatcher Joeleen Jeffery agreed and passed along the information to other dispatchers.
Another dispatcher, Michael Grimmett, is accused of coming up with the description of the fake suspect. It was for a black male wearing jeans and a t-shirt looking into car windows in the mall parking lot.
Several officers responded to Edison Mall thinking the call was real.
A dispatcher called the sergeant to tell him it was all made up.
After admitting to his actions and telling his sergeant he was sorry, Moore said he just wanted to talk to the other officer because he was in love with her.
He then called dispatchers and apologized to them too.
Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker released the following statement:
"Our purpose is to provide the most effective and efficient law enforcement services in Florida. The investigations are thorough, transparent and fair."
Click here to read Baker's full statement and read the IA report
Both the original call from Officer Moore and his apology are posted here.