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Details emerge in Bethlehem dispatcher arrest

"I don't know if we really got that there was any actual prevention [in contacting police]," he said. "We're not there. It's how the person feels, and if they actually are prohibited from calling the police."

Police seized Kerr's pistol permit and two handguns: a S/W Walter PPS and a Glock 23. As a dispatcher, Kerr was not issued a sidearm through the department.

Kerr remains on paid suspension from the department.

Kerr was recognized for his role as an Albany County EMT in rescuing a Delmar teen from a December house fire. County Undersheriff Craig Apple said while Kerr has not been suspended from his position with the department, he will not be scheduled to work any hours.

"Our intention is to just remove him from the schedule until this is sorted out," he said. "Once it gets sorted out, we'll take whatever action necessary at that point."

Kerr usually only works one or two days per month as an EMT. A misdemeanor conviction does not bar a person from serving as a county EMT but would be weighed in any decision regarding employment, Apple said.

The Spotlight sought police records and court documents regarding Kerr's arrest after police declined to discuss several details of the incident for an article that ran April 7, including information about the locations of the arrest and alleged domestic incident.

Records have revealed a number of these facts, but The Spotlight is not printing some information in order to avoid identifying the alleged victim in this case. The paper's policy is to not identify victims or alleged victims of domestic violence.

Many parts of the obtained arrest report were redacted, including the entirety of a supplemental report made by a Bethlehem police detective.

Helligrass said information was withheld to preserve evidence as the case moves toward court.

"While the cases are ongoing, there are evidentiary items in there that cannot be released," he said. "We have to be protective of our case."

The FOIL requires copies of documents like arrest reports be produced upon request, but does allow records that would interfere with judicial proceedings to be withheld.

The recovered report is available on www.spotlightnews.com.""

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