Police chief denies telling officers not to call in traffic stops; sign says otherwise

Police chief denies telling officers to overlook policies, signs say otherwise

NORTH RANDALL, OH (WOIO) - When we asked North Randall Police Chief Ronald Mosley about his schedule, he said "I don't understand your question."

Does he work an eight-hour day? A 40-hour week?

"Well basically, I work a 24/7 because we have such a small village," he replied.

A Cleveland 19 investigation detailed Chief Mosley's claim he spends a much of his work day patrolling, which explains why his car isn't at the police department very much. We also questioned how it was that he patrolled, given the fact that he drives an unmarked police car, often doesn't wear a uniform, carry a gun or wear a badge. In fact, the police car doesn't even have a police radio, so his claim is easy to question.

But another of his policies is even easier to question: his policy on traffic stops.

Violent, and sometimes deadly confrontations are not unusual when a law enforcement officer makes a traffic stop. That is why it is common place
for officers to tell dispatchers where they are, and relay the license plate of the car they are pulling over before approaching a driver. If there is a problem, a suspect can immediately be identified.

But we found that in North Randall that standard police protocol is being ignored. We wanted answers, so we questioned Chief Mosley about it asking

"No sir I didn't," he answered after being asked if he encouraged officers to avoid calling dispatch.

But inside the department there is a sign telling officers "do not call dispatch for traffic stops. Use your MDT or on board computer."

However, we're told by officers many of the computers are not in working order. Again we asked the chief about it, explaining we knew the existence of the sign.

"No, no," was all the chief could muster in response.

The reason may be cost. North Randall is a member community in the Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center, a regional cooperative effort. Every time a department makes a call it costs money, which may explain the sign.

North Randall officers are calling in to dispatch less frequently. More than 100 tickets were given out in April. Yet only 61 calls were made to dispatch, and that doesn't account for stops made where no tickets were written.

For the officer's sake, hopefully it is not a recipe for disaster.

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