(November 23rd, Japan)
The Shizuoka Police Department announced yesterday that they had punished a low-ranking police officer (巡査) for making a fake 110 call, in which he reported an imaginary crime, in order to avoid going to a real crime scene and doing laborious paperwork . (In Japan, dialing 110 is the equivalent of dialing 911 in the United States).
According to the Shizuoka PD announcement and other sources, in August of this year, Officer D was wracking his brain trying to think of a way to avoid having to go to a messy destruction of property crime scene, inspect the damage, and write up the paperwork. From his own cell-phone he called up his police station and said, “There’s a girl in the park I’m walking through surrounded by four or five tough guys. Help her!”
The police officer sped to the scene of the crime but when a fellow police officer called back the “notifier” (通報者), he was connected to Officer D and all was revealed. The next day Officer D was transferred from the community patrol bureau to the traffic bureau.
The prosecutors filed charges of “obstructing work” against the police officer, who also had his pay reduced to 1/10th for a month. The officer supposedly said he would work very hard to regain the trust of the police force and the public.