Mason Swires

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Service Record

Agency: Cleveland Ohio Police Department
Rank: Patrol Officer[1]
Dates of Service: 2015 - September 23, 2021[2][1]
Salary: $37,871 (2019)[3]
Last Known Status: Terminated[1]

Incident Reports

Swires had no prior disciplinary actions with the department.[2]

2020 Hit and Run

On December 19, 2020, Swires consumed "10-12 alcoholic beverages" and crashed into an RTA bus while off-duty.[1][4]

Swires fled the scene of the crash without exchanging information or checking on the well being of the bus driver or the passengers. Swires did not request a supervisor to respond to the scene, and failed to immediately report the incident to a supervisor.[1]

When Swires did report the crash, he omitted that he had consumed numerous alcoholic beverages and that he left the scene of a crash. He later failed to complete the necessary forms following the crash and omittted the misconduct when he did file the forms.[1]

Department Response

On July 23, 2021, the department held an administrative pre-disciplinary hearing after an internal investigation where several policy violations were detailed. Swires pleaded no contest to the charges involving the drinking and subsequent crash, and failing to call a supervisor to the scene. He pleaded not guilty to omitting misconduct in his verbal report and on his required forms.[1]

On September 22, 2021, following the disciplinary hearing, the Department of Public Safety found him guilty of the accusations, terminating him from employment effective immediately.[4][5]

The Cleveland Police Association union plans to appeal the firing.[2]

Legal Action

Swires was charged with failure to stop after an accident, failure to exchange information, and speeding that prevented an assured clear distance.[1]

On March 2, 2020, Swires pleaded guilty to the assured clear distance charge.[4] He was ordered to pay $150 in fines plus court costs.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Camryn Justice, Cleveland police officer terminated for drinking, fleeing scene of crash with RTA bus, News 5 Cleveland, 2021-09-24
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Olivia Mitchell, Cleveland police officer fired after admitting to drinking before off-duty crash with RTA bus, cleveland.com, 2021-09-24
  3. Mason Swires Patrol Officer City of Cleveland, GovSalaries, 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Karrie Howard, Termination Letter, City of Cleveland, 2021-09-22
  5. Cleveland Police Officer Terminated From Employment, City of Cleveland News Updates, 2021-09-24