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DATE: January 3, 2020

Office of Professional Standards Investigation #IA2019-008

Involved Employee 

Officer Michael Jenson has been with the agency for 5 years.  

Allegation

On July 7, 2019, Officer Jenson was conducting traffic enforcement at 19919 US 19. He observed a traffic violator and proceeded to pull out on to the frontage road.  While doing so, he struck a pedestrian that had started to walk in front of his vehicle. Officer Jenson has had two previous preventable property damage incidents within a two-year period. 

The appropriate general order for the allegation is 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 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)

Disposition

Based on the facts documented in the administrative investigation, the Discipline Review Board sustained the allegations against Officer Jenson.

Discipline/Corrective Action

In accordance with progressive discipline guidelines, Officer Jenson received a 1-day (8 hours) suspension.


DATE: January 2, 2020

Office of Professional Standards Investigation #IA2019-005

Involved Employee 

Officer Justin Buis has been with the agency for 22 months.  

Allegation

On August 29, 2019, a vehicle fled from officers and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, Officer Justin Buis deployed stop sticks as the suspect vehicle approached. The suspect swerved at Officer Buis, almost hitting him with the vehicle.

The suspect vehicle stopped a short time later and the suspect was arrested without incident. Officer Buis responded to the scene of the final stop and while there, it was alleged that Officer Buis used unnecessary force on the handcuffed suspect. The appropriate general order for the allegation is as follows: 

Use of Force Contrary to Policy (212.50)   No employee shall use a greater degree of force than is necessary to perform official duties or that is contrary to rules, regulations, policy or procedure.

Disposition

Based on the facts documented in the administrative investigation, the Discipline Review Board sustained the allegation against Officer Buis.

Discipline/Corrective Action

In accordance with progressive discipline guidelines, Officer Buis received a 5-day suspension.

 


 

 

DATE: September 23, 2019

Office of Professional Standards Investigation #IA2019-004

Involved Employee 

Police Service Technician Michelle Rucker has been with the agency for 1 ½ years.  She has received non-disciplinary corrective action on several occasions for various performance issues including numerous instances of tardiness.

Allegation

It was alleged that Technician Rucker was late for work on 12 occasions between January and June 2019. Prior to these occurrences, she had been late for work on 24 occasions since being hired in January 2018.  The appropriate policy for the allegation was Tardiness (212.04).

Disposition

Based on the facts documented in the administrative investigation, the Discipline Review Board sustained the allegations against Technician Rucker.

Discipline/Corrective Action

Prior to any disciplinary action being taken, Technician Rucker resigned from the City.

 


 

DATE: August 26, 2019

RE: Office of Professional Standards Investigation #IA2019-002

Involved Employee

Communication Operator Kyia Price has been with the agency for 5 years. She has received non-disciplinary corrective action on several occasions for various performance issues including several instances of tardiness, which she was currently on a development plan for at the time of the sustained allegation.

Allegation

It was alleged that on February 27, 2019, June 10, 2019, June 12, 2019 and June 20, 2019, Communications Operator Kyia Price arrived late to work. The appropriate policy for the allegation was Tardines, 212.04.

Disposition

Based on the facts documented in the administrative investigation, the Discipline Review Board sustained the allegations against Operator Price.

Discipline/Corrective Action

In accordance with progressive discipline guidelines, Operator Price received a 1-day (8 hours) suspension.