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.