Ex Austin, Texas A police officer who left the force amid city action to defraud the police, sent a scathing letter to the department, rejecting the offer to recruit him.
“I am personally offended by your offer,” the former official responded to LBL in a letter to the city for a $ 5,000 donation and additional duties. “I didn’t leave the APD for money. I doubt my friends did too. No money could return me.
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The former officer, who was identified as a military veteran, explained in the letter that the failed leadership was the reason for his decision to leave the department.
“The work environment within the APD is the most dangerous in the nation,” the former official wrote. “Not because of the dangers that every officer faces on the streets, but because of senior leaders who have no formal professional development leader training. Do not respect every officer as an individual.
The former official wrote that he, or he, sent a proposal to improve the promotion system in the department but was ignored.
The department’s decision to appoint former officer Joseph Chacone as its new police chief was particularly pronounced.
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“The establishment of Chief Chakan is the biggest mistake the City of Austin can make during this monumental crisis of leadership that the department faces,” the letter said. “He grew up in this failed campaign system and has developed a toxic leadership environment for his entire career.”
The letter concludes with the former officer stating that he or she “in good conscience” cannot return to the department to serve under Chacon and that the “real victims” are citizens of Austin.
The letter ends with “God help them.”
Austin City Council Member McKenzie Kelly, a former volunteer firefighter, said he believes Fox’s $ 5,000 payment offer will create an even bigger divide.
“I understand the intent and spirit of the letter from the police chief, encouraging the recently separated officers to return with monetary incentives but the biggest problem here is that the city’s loyal officers are not given financial incentives to stay,” said Kelly, who was one of only two votes against Chacon’s candidacy. “Unequal pay creates a huge ditch for ethical issues in the department. Maintaining salary and fairness across budgets is important.”
Austin Police Association President Ken Casade told LBL that about 30 officers received a letter from the department to withdraw, and one officer responded but ultimately no one accepted the offer.
The letter comes after the record is broken Aggravation Among the officers who left the force after the Austin City Council voted to remove money from the police department in the wake of the George Floyd riot in the summer of 2020.
In January 2021, PJ Media 20 officers retired from APD and eight resigned, reporting a total of 28 exits. In February, five more officers resigned and six were retired, with a total of 11 exits. In March, 24 more officers left, and 20 of them left on retirement. Of the other four, three were retired and one was terminated.
In November, Austin residents will vote on Prop A, which aims to restore more money lost to the police department.
“We are in the midst of one of the deepest police personnel crises in Austin history,” Save Austin Now co-founders Matt Makovic and Cleo Petricek said in a statement to LBL. “This is going to be a historic violent crime wave, because murders are up 80% from last year’s modern-day record. Austin police morale is at an all-time low. We lost about 300 police officers in one year. He made the great announcement that he would no longer respond to a 911 call unless it was a life-threatening situation or an attacker. Asking rank and file officers to save their lives without the support they need to work. On November 2, Austin must pass Prop A to correct the mess.
An advocacy group founded by the liberal billionaire financier George Soros Dumped $ 500,000 to a Promotion To defeat the offer.
Save Austin Now Supported Proposition A, which requires at least two Austin police officers per 1,000 residents, provides officers with an additional 40 hours of police training each year on issues such as weapons proficiency and active shooter situations.
Jessica Chasmar of LBL contributed to this report