The Mobile Police Department has named Eric Schultz the Civilian Employee of the Month for June 2019. Serving in the Communications Unit since October 2007, Schultz is a public safety dispatcher II and certified training officer. He is commended for his exemplary performance under pressure and dedication to the department.
On June 22, 2019 at approximately 5:24 p.m., the 911 operator received a call from the 500 block of Mohawk St. where a female caller advised that a known male was trying to shoot her husband. After the caller was transferred to the MPD operator, she advised that her husband took the gun away from the man. The phone line was then disconnected.
The incident continued into the night as Schultz started his shift at 6:56 p.m. He was dispatching for the First Precinct and Third Precinct. While the channels were patched, two incidents were occurring simultaneously, both with emergency radio traffic. Police had responded to Mohawk St. At 7:03 p.m., the officer advised that the man who had the gun threatening the husband fled the scene on a bicycle, and was last seen riding toward Mohawk St. and Senator St. The officer asked Schultz to have the traffic restricted in this area.
Meanwhile, at 7:04 p.m., Schultz got a call in reference to a report of a disorderly incident happening behind the H&M store at The Shoppes of Bel Air. One person was bitten by the mall’s K-9 security dog. Schultz immediately requested backing for the officer on the scene, and started medical to respond.
At 7:32 p.m., the man who fled on bicycle was located and taken into custody. The officer transported him to Metro Jail on a local warrant of theft of property fourth degree and discharging a firearm.
Later into Schultz’s shift on June 23, 2019 shortly after 3 a.m., he assisted two officers who were in a vehicle pursuit of a person driving recklessly at a high rate of speed. The pursuit started on eastbound Government St. approaching George St. A unit requested spike strips when the driver got on I-10 traveling westbound. Six minutes into the pursuit, before the spike strips could be set up, the passenger tire came off of the vehicle. At 3:27 a.m., the driver was taken into custody at westbound I-10 near Dauphin Island Parkway.
Multi-tasking is a must skill for a public safety dispatcher, and Schultz is recognized for exceeding the standard and remaining calm and focused during his calls. Due to his clear and precise instructions and attention to details, all suspects were taken into custody.