Temple PD Accepts Resignation of Carmen DeCruz
TEMPLE, TX (February 19,2020) – The Temple Police Department has accepted the resignation of former Officer Carmen DeCruz, effective late Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
On Dec. 4, 2019, Interim Chief Jim Tobin ordered an internal affairs investigation into Mr. DeCruz to determine if he violated any policies or procedures during the Dec. 2, 2019 officer-involved shooting of Michael Dean. The administrative hearing process following that investigation was still ongoing at the time of Mr. DeCruz's resignation. As a result of his resignation, the internal investigation and administrative hearing process has been closed.
The internal investigation was separate from the criminal investigation. It focused on violations of Department Policy and Procedures as well as Civil Service Rules and Regulations. Based on the findings of the internal investigation, Chief Tobin met with Officer DeCruz during the administrative hearing process and proposed an indefinite suspension, which is the equivalent of termination under Texas Civil Service law. The proposed discipline is part of the administrative hearing process. However, before that process was completed, Officer DeCruz submitted a letter of resignation. Due to Officer DeCruz’s resignation, the internal investigation and administrative hearing process concluded without a final disposition of discipline.
Under Section 143.089(a) of the Texas Local Government Code and the Texas Public Information Act, documents related to the suspension, demotion or indefinite suspension of a police officer or fire fighter become public once the discipline has been imposed by the Chief. Because the disciplinary process was terminated by Mr. DeCruz's resignation, the records related to the internal investigation and administrative hearing process cannot be released under the state open records law.
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