AUSTIN (KXAN) — Disciplinary actions against Austin Police Department officers steadily increased during the tenure of outgoing Chief Art Acevedo, compared to previous years, according to data from the Office of the Police Monitor.
Acevedo took the reigns at APD in 2007. Records show a clear uptick in the total number of disciplinary actions taken against officers, as a result of both internal and external complaints, since Acevedo took control.
Multiple sources have confirmed Acevedo is leaving Austin to head the Houston Police Department. Numerous city leaders, including members of the City Council, the mayor and fellow officers, have congratulated Acevedo for improving the city’s police force.
“Austin is losing a good chief.” — Police Monitor Margo Frasier
Police Monitor Margo Frasier said Acevedo is a “good chief,” and his department is “more transparent and accountable due to his service.”
Police Monitor reports from 2004 through 2014 show the total number of disciplinary actions (terminations, written reprimands, oral reprimands, and suspension days), resulting from both internal and external formal complaints. Data show the total number of suspension days remained relatively constant during that decade. However, the number of written reprimands, oral reprimands and terminations increased.
Though city leaders have praised him, Acevedo has been criticized for some of his disciplinary decisions.
In April, the police union criticized Acevedo for what it called a “knee-jerk firing” an officer after an off-duty altercation with a neighbor in Williamson County.
In October, Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association, called on Acevedo to step down after he suspended two officers for their use of pepper spray during a South by Southwest festival incident.