Austin officers may have violated policy during a crash investigation, particularly regarding their interactions with the female driver. Office of Police Oversight recommend this allegation receive an A classification.
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NOTICE OF FORMAL
ICMS #: 2020-0514
May 4, 2020
Complaint: Austin Police Department (APD) officers may have violated APD policy during a
crash investigation, particularly regarding their interactions with the female driver.
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):
301.1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE
All persons deserve protection by fair and impartial law enforcement and should be able to
expect similar police response to their behavior wherever it occurs. Employees will serve the
public through direction, counseling, assistance, and protection of life and property. Employees
will be held accountable for the manner in which they exercise the authority of their office or
position. Employees will respect the rights of individuals and perform their services with
honesty, sincerity, courage, and sound judgment.
301.2 IMPARTIAL ATTITUDE AND COURTESY
Employees are expected to act professionally, treat all persons fairly and equally, and perform
all duties impartially, objectively, and equitably without regard to personal feelings, animosities,
friendships, financial status, sex, creed, color, race, religion, age, political beliefs, sexual
orientation, gender identity or gender expression or social or ethnic background.
346.1 PURPOSE AND SCOPE
The public safety responsibilities of law enforcement include responding to crashes in order
to provide aid and assistance, document the incident, and identify possible criminal activity.
Therefore, officers shall be dispatched to all reported crashes except as noted.
In the event that a city-wide emergency or inclement weather creates an inordinate volume of
calls for service involving minor crashes, the Watch Lieutenant may authorize patrol to
temporarily deviate from any portion of this order.
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 recommends that this allegation receive an A classification.