911 operators in Wilmington likely facing tougher hiring regs

By Peter MacArthur 11:34am, February 4, 2014 - Updated 12:21pm, February 4, 2014
In the wake of a Wilmington 911 operator allegedly tipping off a suspect about a police call, the mayor wants to change how those workers are hired.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams says the nature of those jobs should require potential employees to undergo another level of screening.

"They should be completely vetted...background investigations, just like we do on our police officers and firefighters. We should have the same exact process and that's what we intend to do," Williams said.

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Police say last month, 911 operator Alleshia Kennedy failed to input information about a shooting into the dispatch system and then alerted the suspect that police had been called. Williams won't talk about the Kennedy incident specifically, but has theories about the kind of scenario playing out in that case.

"The problems that we were having with this city with crime and information that got out too fast, my suspicion was always somebody might be involved in something," said Williams.

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She's free on bail, and it's unclear whether she'll keep her job.

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