Falling Asleep On The Job When You’re A 911 Dispatcher Is Bad, Right?


Jasmin Thomas, a police dispatcher from Cleveland who was heard snoring on a recorded 911 call, has been suspended for six days after she was caught sleeping on the job.

Thomas pleaded no contest to internal charges from the police department’s investigation.

In addition to the tape of her snoring on the line, audio recordings also showed that Thomas took 10 seconds to answer one call, and then another 40 seconds to transfer the caller to firefighters.

via Fox 8:

On one call, records show, Thomas took ten seconds to answer and forty seconds to transfer to firefighters for a burning stove.

On another call, you can hear Thomas answer, you don’t hear a person at the other end, but you can hear Thomas snoring five seconds after that.

While the police department suspended the dispatcher, discipline papers show she had been warned before about sleeping on duty. Records show she plead no contest to the internal charges.

Steve Loomis, the Cleveland Police Union President, said this experience has led Thomas to change her lifestyle.

“Not excuses, but the reality is that she’s a single mom. She’s going to college full-time, and she’s working 40, 50, sometimes 60 hours a week up there,” Loomis said.

The Cleveland Police Department declined to comment on Thomas’ actions.

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