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And yet here is another press release of another criminal.

How can anyone have faith in the system anymore when all they do is lie and cheat the citizens .

This is a clear case of what goes on in every govt office from the top down to the lowest.

And yet she is still not in jail or charged but if that was you or I we would have been long before now.


"Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Specialist Terminated for Falsifying 
Documentation

News release 22-027

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Professional Standards Bureau
- Administrative Investigation Division

Forensic Science Specialist Shantele Dixon 
Age: 35
Date of Hire: 10/19/2011
Termination Effective: 04/04/2022
 
PINELLAS COUNTY - On April 4, 2022, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office 
Forensic Science Specialist was terminated after an investigation revealed she 
falsified forensic documentation.

According to the Administrative Investigation Division, in November 2021, 
Specialist Shantele Dixon was assigned two processing requests for two 
separate criminal cases. The requests consisted of retrieving evidentiary 
items from the Property and Evidence Division, maintaining an accurate chain 
of custody, completing evidence processing, and documenting the actions taken 
in logs, notebooks, and the agency's report writing system.

On November 29, 2021, Dixon retrieved two evidentiary items form the Property 
and Evidence Division and gave both items to another specialist to complete 
the processing requests. Dixon failed to transfer custody to the other 
specialist knowing she would be leaving for the day, due to her shift ending.

The other specialist processed one item using the cyanoacrylate (superglue) 
fuming chamber and M-star, a luminescence dye stain chemical. The second item 
was processed using the cyanoacrylate fuming chamber and black magnetic 
powder. Both items, along with the processing request and notes on the 
processing methods used, were placed in Dixon's secure locker at the Forensic 
Science Division by the other specialist.

On December 2, 2021, Dixon reviewed the items and processing notes. Dixon 
reprocessed one item using black magnetic power, which resulted in no visible 
ridge detail and reprocessed the second item using M-star, which resulted in 
visible ridge detail. Dixon falsely documented in her notebook that she used 
M-star and an alternative light source on the item that was processed using 
only black magnetic powder. Dixon also did not note that the other specialist 
completed some of the processing listed in her notebook.

In the agency's report writing system, Dixon intentionally and knowingly 
falsified the narratives, stating that she used the cyanoacrylate fuming 
chamber on November 29, 2021, when in fact the other specialist conducted this 
step in the processing sequence. Dixon also intentionally and knowingly 
falsified the narratives by omitting that one item was processed with M-star 
and the other item was processed with black magnetic powder on the same date.
On one of the narratives, Dixon intentionally and knowingly falsified the 
narrative, stating the item was processed with M-star and an alternative light 
source was used, which was a lie.

Dixon admitted to omitting and falsifying her actions and the actions of the 
other specialist in her official supplement reports and notebook, and did not 
maintain the chain of custody, which is a violation of both agency policy and 
procedure and accreditation standards. She also admitted the falsification of 
the reports could have a negative impact on criminal charges being 
successfully prosecuted, advising she was "cutting corners."

As a result of the investigation, the Administrative Review Board determined 
that Specialist Dixon committed these violations and Sheriff Gualtieri 
terminated Dixon effective Monday, April 4, 2022.

The investigation continues."

By EOTS

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