DATE: October 26, 2022
Officer Paul Gonzales has been with the agency for 4 years and 2 months.
On June 5, 2022 at approximately 0332 hours, Officer Paul Gonzales initiated an unauthorized pursuit that resulted in a crash with injuries. The appropriate general order for the allegations involving Officer Gonzales are as follows:
Operating Department Vehicles (212.43)- The driver of any police department vehicle shall operate said vehicle in a reasonable and safe manner, exercising due caution and judgment. Employees shall operate the vehicle in compliance with the motor vehicle laws and traffic regulations of the city and state, except when actually in pursuit of a violator or responding to an emergency. Employees shall adhere to current department directives on emergency vehicle operation and pursuits. (Level 3)
Recovered Property/Evidentiary Material (212.71) -Employees shall turn over to the designated agent of the department all lost, stolen, recovered, abandoned or evidentiary material which comes into the possession of a department member as a result of the performance of departmental duties. To this end, all such material shall be turned over prior to the completion of the tour of duty during which the material came into the possession of the member of the department. No employee shall retain in his or her personal possession any property taken into custody during the course of official duties nor shall any employee destroy or otherwise dispose of any property except in accordance with specified procedures established within the Property and Evidence general order (123). (Level 3)
Based on the facts documented in the administrative investigation, the Discipline Review Board sustained the allegations against Officer Gonzales.
In accordance with progressive discipline guidelines, Officer Edmonds received a 6-day suspension.