11 Hamilton County Emergency District workers disciplined

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An investigation begun six months ago found that 11 Hamilton County Emergency District employees "repetitively and inappropriately" misused an emergency instant messaging feature and violated policies, resulting in disciplinary actions up to and including termination.

The investigation concluded Thursday, according to a news release from the district.

Last October, a probe was launched after managers learned that employees were using inappropriately an office feature called CHAT -- an internal operational tool of the Computer Aided Dispatch that allows for quicker distribution of critical information through instant messaging between on-duty telecommunicators, the news release said.

More than 8,700 pages of messages came out of the investigation, the news release stated.

Administrative hearings were held with the employees, and disciplinary actions ranged from termination to three-day suspension without pay.