June 26, 2020

Formal Complaint: Acts bringing discreditupon the department, employee domestic violence, responsibility to know and comply

Complainant alleges that they and their wife live a few houses down from an officer and hear loud arguing, doors slamming, fighting, and cars coming in and out. The OPO declines to make a recommendation.

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The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT ICMS #: 2020-1077 June 26, 2020 Complaint: The Office of Police Oversight received an anonymous online complaint alleging the following: “My wife and I reside a few houses down from and it’s a normal every day occurrence that we hear loud arguing and fighting coming from the residence. We know an officer lives there and we’re just concerned. It’s a quiet neighborhood, but there seems to be something going on over there, yelling, doors slamming, cars in and out the drive way, it’s mostly at night.” This notice of formal complaint is a request for Internal Affairs to initiate an investigation in order to determine if the employee conduct is within compliance of APD policy, Civil Service Rules, and Municipal Civil Service Rules. Recommended Administrative Policies to Review (to include but not limited to): 900.3.2 ACTS BRINGING DISCREDIT UPON THE DEPARTMENT Since the conduct of personnel both on-duty or off-duty may reflect directly upon the Department, employees must conduct themselves at all times in a manner which does not bring reproach, discredit, or embarrassment to the Department or to the City. 908.2.1 EMPLOYEE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE The Department's position is one of zero tolerance toward domestic violence. It is the order of the Department to use early prevention strategies in order to avoid or minimize the occurrence and effects of domestic violence. 900.1.1 RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW AND COMPLY The rules of conduct set forth in this order do not serve as an all-inclusive list of requirements, limitations, or prohibitions on employee conduct and activities; employees are required to know and comply with all Department policies, procedures, and written directives. Recommended Classification: The OPO is permitted to make a preliminary recommendation on the classification of administrative cases. The OPO declines to make a recommendation.
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