June 21, 2021

Formal complaint: Responsibility to the community- purpose and scope and other policy violations

Complainant alleges they have been harassed by an Austin police officer who followed them at the complainant's location. OPO recommends this complaint receive a B 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. ICMS #: 2021-0581 June 22, 2021 Complaint: The complainant alleges: Officer (last name unknown) has been participating in harassment with . Complainant alleges the officer followed him to where he was tubing in the on the afternoon of around . For the past 6 years complainant alleges he has been harassed by a 911 dispatcher named and her boyfriend/fiancé is an APD officer and has also partook in the harassment against him. This last year the officer identified as followed him to where he was going to tube on . The complainant claims that the officer knows about the harassment that is constantly coming from his girlfriend and does nothing about it, he has been publicly shamed about his medical history and just wants the harassment to be stopped. This notice of formal complaint is a request for Internal Affairs to initiate an investigation 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 RESPONSBILITY TO THE COMMUITY - 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. 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. 900.1 GENERAL CONDUCT AND RESPONSIBILITIES - PURPOSE AND SCOPE It is the policy of the Austin Police Department that employees conduct themselves at all times in a manner that reflects the ethical standards consistent with APD written directives. This order shall apply to all sworn and civilian members, including volunteer, part-time, auxiliary, and nonpaid civilians affiliated with the Department through a Department-sponsored program while under the direction of a Department employee. This order is intended to guide employees in conducting themselves and their affairs, both on duty and off-duty, in a manner that reflects the professionalism required of Department personnel. Furthermore, this order is intended for internal use only and shall not be construed to increase or establish an employee's civil or criminal liability, nor shall it be construed to create or establish a higher standard of safety or care. 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 Recommended Classification: The OPO is permitted to make a preliminary recommendation on the classification of administrative cases. The OPO recommends this complaint receive a B classification.
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