As a Jefferson City police officer continues to recover from injuries he suffered while responding to a call on July 4, the investigation process into the incident continues.
Shawn Dumsday, a 15-year veteran of the department who currently serves in the traffic unit, was responding to a disturbance involving weapons when he lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected after it left the road.
Department spokesman Capt. Doug Shoemaker said someone from the traffic unit, to include the traffic supervisor or a field supervisor, was dispatched to investigate the accident.
The city personnel manual requires a drug test in any accident where there is a chance a city employee's actions were a contributing factor.
"We don't determine fault in an accident investigation, but rather the "probable contributing circumstances' as with any other accident that is investigated," Shoemaker said. "In other words, what factors, if any, on the part of the driver might have led to the accident itself."
When asked if officers risk losing their patrol duties or even their jobs if they wreck vehicles, Shoemaker said, "Discipline is possible for any findings of wrongdoing within the policy manual, and discipline, if administered, can range from reprimands to termination, as listed in the personnel policy manual. Generally, all violations of policy and procedure of any magnitude are routed through the office of professional standards, which falls directly under the supervision and oversight of the police chief."
Shoemaker did not say how long it might before he investigation is done.
"On a final note, we are very thankful for those who have lent their support and kind words for officer Dumsday," Shoemaker added.
"As an agency, the relationship between the public and our department is essential to us effectively performing our duties, and community support in a time of need such as this is greatly appreciated by all of our members."