BENTONVILLE, Ark. - A deputy with the Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) has been disciplined after using her patrol car's lights and siren to pull over a school bus so her daughter could get on.
The BCSO received a complaint from a citizen saying, on April 27, a law enforcement officer, later identified as Detective Naconna Cordeiro, used her emergency lights and siren to stop a school bus so her child could get on.
The complainant said the deputy passed several other cars parked behind the bus in order to catch up with it.
When questioned about the incident, Detective Cordeiro said she was taking her child to the bus stop when they realized they had missed the bus. She admitted to using her lights and siren to get the attention of the school bus so that she could put her child on the bus.
The BCSO stated in its disciplinary report that emergency lights and sirens should only be used for emergencies and/or other authorized situations. It states that no one should use their lights and siren for personal benefit or gain.
Detective Cordeiro issued a written statement to the BCSO regarding the incident.
"The bus driver was laughing and I said I was sorry we had missed his stop. He stated to have a good morning and I returned to my vehicle," Detective Cordeiro's statement read, in part. "I acknowledge this was an irresponsible mistake and I will accept disciplinary action."
Detective Cordeiro's punishment by the BCSO is three days suspension and a final warning.
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