Ulster Police dispatcher charged with stealing found property

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KINGSTON – A fulltime civilian dispatcher with the Town of Ulster Police Department has been arrested and charged with felony falsifying business records for allegedly stealing less than $200 in found property and fraudulently completing an official blotter entry.
Stacey Hommel, 46, of Kingston, was also charged with misdemeanors of official misconduct and petit larceny.
Hommel was arrested on Monday following an internal investigation into the theft of the money on January 29 in conjunction with the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.
Police Chief Anthony Cruise said his agency “will not allow anyone
within the department to desecrate or negatively affect the reputation
of the Town of Ulster Police Department. No one member is more important
that the community we serve and I cannot allow anyone to violent the public
trust.”
Hommel was released to reappear in court at a later date.
As per policy, she has been placed on administrative leave with pay until formal disciplinary charges can be brought against her, standard procedure in an arrest of a civil service employee.