July 14, 2021

Formal complaint: Case assignment and responsibility and other policy violations

Complainant alleges an Austin Police Department detective failed to properly investigate the complainant's case by doing the bare minimum. OPO recommends this case receive an A classification.

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NOTICE OF FORMAL COMPLAINT 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. 403.3(c) CASE ASSIGNMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY When assigned to a case for follow-up investigation, investigators shall proceed with due diligence in evaluating and preparing the case for appropriate clearance or presentation to court personnel for the filing of criminal charges. 403.4 STATEMENTS AND CONFESSIONS The purpose or objective of a statement or confession is to take lawful and accurate statements that corroborate the elements and details of an incident. In doing so, investigators and supervisors will be cognizant of such factors as the mental and intellectual abilities of the subject being interviewed and the duration of the interview itself. Written and oral statements or confessions should not be utilized as the sole basis for the filing of charges; any statement or confession should be corroborated by other legally obtained evidence or verified in an appropriate manner. 900.4.3 NEGLECT OF DUTY Employees will satisfactorily perform their duties. Recommended Classification: The OPO is permitted to make a preliminary recommendation on the classification of administrative cases. The OPO recommends this complaint receive an A classification.
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