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San Marcos Police Commander Suspended for ‘Horseplay’

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San Marcos Police Commander Suspended for ‘Horseplay’

The San Marcos Police Department recently made public the disciplinary records of one of its Police Commanders, shedding light on an incident that took place on March 9, 2023. According to the records, the Commander in question received a twelve-hour suspension as a result of their involvement in the incident.

Disciplinary actions within police departments can serve as indicators of the commitment to accountability and professionalism. It is crucial for law enforcement agencies to effectively address and communicate the consequences of misconduct to maintain public trust.

Efforts toward police reform and ensuring transparency have gained momentum in recent years. Disclosing disciplinary records can be seen as a step in the right direction, allowing the public to have a clearer understanding of any potential misconduct within the department and fostering a sense of accountability among police officers.

However, it is important to note that disciplinary actions alone do not define the entirety of an officer’s career or their dedication to public service. Police departments play a critical role in maintaining public safety, and it is essential to remember that the vast majority of officers carry out their duties diligently and professionally.

As communities continue to advocate for police accountability and transparency, it is hoped that incidents such as the one involving the San Marcos Police Commander serve as opportunities for reflection and improvement within law enforcement agencies across the country. Through open dialogue and meaningful reforms, it is possible to build a stronger, more equitable relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Water Bottle ‘Horseplay’ Leads to Suspension

The San Marcos Police Department identified the complaint made against Williams as a Class I, signifying the gravity of the allegations and stressing the importance of addressing them. The investigation conducted into the matter reached its conclusion on June 16, 2023. Subsequently, on July 17, 2023, Police Commander Tiffany Williams participated in a Loudermill Hearing, presenting any pertinent information to be taken into account prior to arriving at a final decision.

In this case, there are undeniable facts that point to Williams striking an officer in the genital area with a water bottle as she passed by him along a hallway in the police department. The incident occurred due to Williams’ upset feelings because the officer is retiring and leaving the Drone Team without immediate supervision. Williams expressed her dissatisfaction with the fact that the operations unit would be short another officer. Although Williams referred to the act as ‘horseplay’ and claimed no intention to specifically strike the officer in that manner or to commit assault, it is important to note that the officer involved indicated discomfort with the incident and did not welcome the contact.

Williams was suspended from July 26, 2023, at 3 pm to July 27, 2023, at 3 am.

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You may be interested in our publication on the 2022 disciplinary records for Texas State University police officers.

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