May 23, 2019

Formal complaint: Acts bringing discredit upon the department

Complainant alleges that an officer attempted to use APD office and authority to avoid a traffic citation. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive an A classification.

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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 May 28, 2019 ICMS: 2019-0529 Date of Complaint: May 23, 2019 Complaint: Officer [Redacted] attempting to use her office and authority to get out of a ticket. Additional information: On [Redacted], Deputy [Redacted] with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on off-duty APD Officer [Redacted]. That same day Officer [Redacted] contacts the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and request to talk with Deputy [Redacted] supervisor. Officer [Redacted] identified herself as an APD Detective and requested that the Sergeant void the citation. (a) Employees will not commit any act which tends to destroy public confidence in, and respect for, the Department or which is prejudicial to the good order, efficiency, or discipline of the Department. Administrative Policy to Review: 900.3.2 Acts Bringing Discredit Upon the Department Since the conduct of personnel both on-duty and 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. 900.3.5 Use of Badge of Office or Affiliation with the Department (a)Employees will not intentionally use their affiliation with the Department to influence another into offering a gift, gratuity, free or discounted service, reward, or special consideration. This includes: 1. For the personal benefit of self, family, friends, or associates. 2. For the financial gain of self, family, friends, or associates. 3. Obtaining privileges not otherwise available to them, except where necessary in the performance of their duty. 4. Avoiding the consequences of illegal acts. The OPO is permitted to make a preliminary recommendation on the classification of administrative cases. The OPO recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.

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