There has been a major shift in how Austin, Texas, Police Department holds officers accountable after being accused of wrongdoing.
In the past, officers who broke the rules got unpaid suspensions. In many instances now, that won’t happen as part of this change, but even a frequent police critic says it is a win for the public.
A car crash led to an officer’s three-day unpaid suspension in 2013, his rule violations outlined in a publicly available disciplinary memo. But under a new policy that took effect Wednesday, that suspension would no longer happen. Instead, officers who commit low-level violations would now face special training to correct their behavior.