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4 officers are punished for policy lapses

Four city police officers were suspended in January for a variety of allegations, Police Chief Rusty York said Monday.

York told the Board of Public Safety that each of the officers disciplined last month received between one and three days of unpaid suspension for their actions.

“Unfortunately, it was a busy month for us as far as disciplinary action,” York said.

Susan K. Ulrich, a 27-year veteran of the department, received a one-day suspension for not having a valid driver’s license and not wearing a seat belt.

Ulrich was involved in an on-duty crash in August of last year, York said.

While reviewing her on-board computer after the wreck, it was discovered that her license was expired and she was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, he said.

Ulrich has been suspended two times previously for on-duty vehicle crashes and has also been suspended for submitting false reports, according to her personnel file.

She has received 10 letters of reprimand including being late for duty, absent without leave, disobedience of orders and four other police vehicle crashes.

Sgt. Caesar B. DeJesus received a three-day suspension last month for violating the department’s firearms and use-of-force policy.

In November, DeJesus responded to a call about a fight in a city restaurant and fired a warning shot in the air, York said.

“That’s a violation of our policy,” York said.

DeJesus has been suspended twice for being absent without leave, according to his personnel file.

He received a letter of commendation in 2001. He has served on the Fort Wayne Police Department for 17 years and was promoted to sergeant in 2008.

Officer Robert G. Abels was suspended in January for improper conduct.

York said Abels was interviewing a victim of assault and another officer reported that he was asking “inappropriate questions.” Abels received a three-day suspension.

According to his personnel file, Abels was also suspended for improper conduct in 2003 and has received three letters of reprimand for the same allegation. He has also been suspended for having misdemeanor charges filed against him, a police vehicle crash, investigative negligence and failing to follow department policies.

Abels has received a total of five letters of reprimand, one letter of excellence and one letter of commendation. He has served on the department for 23 years.

Detective Jay A. Thompson, received a one-day suspension for failing to submit a doctor’s note after being on sick leave.

Thompson was suspended for the same allegation in 2011 and has been suspended a total of eight times for allegations of failing to obey department policies, failing to attend training/schools, confiscated property, being absent without leave and inappropriate appearance for duty, according to his personnel file. He has also received six letters of reprimand.

Thompson has served on the department for 23 years.

Taxicab applications and renewals OKd

In other business Monday, the board approved new taxicab applications for Anthony D. Garcia and Breck V. Queary.

The board also voted to renew applications for Edward L. DeSouza, Chad M. Kelley, Fekade Moges, Paul H. Purvis, Michael P. Treacy and Dawn H. Trees.

A taxicab permit was also approved for Summit City Taxi Co.