A Hartford dispatcher heard uttering a racial epithet on an emergency radio transmission has been suspended for five days, starting Friday, and ordered to undergo cultural diversity training when he returns to work.

The Director of Emergency Services and Telecommunications called for the review of the case,  known as a Loudermill Hearing,  and based on the investigation and testimony at the session, found that dispatcher Andrew Nichols was guilty of violating the city’s workplace vioilence policy, and of conduct unbecoming an emergency telecommunications dispatcher.

City officials say the seriousness of the incident and its significance were taken into account, along with Nichols’ past performance,  in determining the discipline.  All employees of the Emergency Services and Telecommunications Office will be required to undergo diversity training.


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