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Updated: 6/20/2013 6:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A JSO officer with 10 years on the force handed over her badge Wednesday night after her arrest on felony charges.

Hazel Moore, 40, admitted to investigators she had been secretly recording conversations between herself and three other members of the agency.  JSO said she felt her sergeant was picking on her.

Moore has been with JSO since 2003.

The department received information Moore was using her JSO laptop to tape conversations she was having with other members of the force, without their knowledge or permission.

JSO said a sergeant had a hunch Moore was doing this and reported it. The IT department found deleted files -- mostly audio -- that revealed Moore's conversations with her sergeant and two other officers.

Moore was arrested Wednesday night and faces three counts of illegal interception of communication and one count of tampering with evidence for trying to delete the files. JSO said she admitted to investigators that she had been recording the conversations.

"We take this pretty serious. We have to be held to a higher standard than the public and it's against the law to do this. A police officer should know that it's against the law to do this," said Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt.

Senterfitt said there was some conflict between Moore and her sergeant.  Moore, according to Senterfitt, thought her sergeant was picking on her.

Moore's had 13 previous incidents with JSO. She received formal counseling for several of them and for one, she was suspended.  According to JSO documents, Moore was supended back in 2008 after collecting $7,800 from co-workers to participate in a weight loss challenge.  Agency members were told they'd win prizes -- but the checks they received bounced.  The investigation report for this case said Moore eventually paid everyone their winnings.

JSO said Moore received a Six Pillars of Character award in September, 2008.  The award is given to a JSO employee "who demonstrates one of the Six Pillars of Character; trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship."  Moore is shown in a photograph accepting an award from Sheriff John Rutherford.

No one was home Thursday when Action News visited her house.  But her neighbors said they can't believe it.
"She's supposed to be the one arresting people not her being arrested," said Duane Howard.
Howard said Moore has been like a second mom to him. He said she must have had some reason to record the conversations. Senterfitt told Action News she felt like her sergeant had been picking on her.

Howard said he just hopes they don't take away her badge for good.
"She lives down the street so it's pretty cool to have a police officer down the street," he said.  He added it makes him feel safe.

JSO said Moore chose to go on voluntary leave without pay. She will remain in that status until authorities finish the internal investigation.
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nativejax - 6/21/2013 3:19 PM
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Really good points Realchange.

Realchange - 6/21/2013 2:24 PM
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We got cammeras on every corner, NSA is recording all your phone contacts, drones being authorized to spy on US citizens without authorization, internet emails are being intercepted and reviews without warrants. Every time you call someone a recording comes on that your being recorded for quality assurance puproses. Police can record you whenever they want. Yet watch the hell out if you want record them or record a superior wronging you. Then you get to go to jail for a so called crime then. I am on this woman's side if the sheriff's office wants her in jail then it has to do with their wrong doing not hers.

Just sayin - 6/21/2013 1:07 PM
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Time to go Old School.....If ya can't say something Nice..Keep your mouth shut...Then you won't need to worry if your being recorded.This kinda makes me wonder what JSO is so afraid of that could be on a recording ????

TOMMY - 6/21/2013 5:44 AM
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The fat (pig) is looking for early retirement, she broke the law ,arrest her, put her in jail, so she can be close to the rest of her family members!

Truthseeker - 6/21/2013 4:42 AM
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She'll sue for "racism" and the gutless administration will give back her job or pay millions in restitution.

HarlequinDane - 6/20/2013 8:20 PM
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It would be nice if a reporting entity ran a story where a law is supposed to have been broken - actually cited the applicable law. I don't know if there are additional or more appropriate sources, but did come across the following : This site had other info regarding recordings, etc :

Gunny48 - 6/20/2013 4:58 PM
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@nativejax --- unless it's the "gubmint"...LOL?

nativejax - 6/20/2013 3:53 PM
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I do not think it matters if it was face to face or not. I believe a law was passed that no one has the right to record your voice WITHOUT your written or audio consent. That means you HAVE to be made aware you are being recorded.

RiverRat - 6/20/2013 1:29 PM
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If these were phone conversations yes, but if there were face to face conversation of which she was a party I am not so sure she broke the law. I am sure there is a law suit in the future.

nativejax - 6/20/2013 1:07 PM
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Sounds to me like she just couldn't get along with anybody in there and decided to try to get some money by setting her co workers up and it backfired. Shame shame, now she's has committed a felony. Good work JSO. About time some of the crooks in there are being looked at more closely.
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