Failure to Investigate Initial Complaint Nets Another Complaint Against Presidio County Sheriff’s Office

A concerned citizen has filed a second complaint against the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office, this time highlighting the agency’s failure to properly investigate an initial complaint submitted nearly a year ago. The original complaint alleged unsafe driving behavior, a rude and belligerent demeanor, and a failure to identify himself by name and agency during a traffic stop, all by Sheriff Danny Dominguez.

According to the citizen, they have followed up three times on the initial complaint without receiving a response from the agency, raising questions about the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to holding officers accountable for their conduct. Under Texas Occupations Code, specifically Chapter 1701.404, law enforcement agencies in Texas are required to have a process in place for citizens to submit professional standards complaints against officers or the agency.

The law mandates that agencies accept the complaint, investigate it in a timely and impartial manner, notify the complainant of the results, maintain a record of the complaint and investigation, and provide an appeal process if the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome. The citizen’s experience thus far with the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office calls into question the agency’s adherence to these legal requirements.

In light of the agency’s failure to properly address the initial complaint, the citizen has filed a second complaint, requesting a thorough investigation into the handling of the original complaint and the conduct of Sheriff Dominguez. The complainant also urges the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office to adhere to the legal requirements set forth in Chapter 1701.404 and take appropriate action to maintain accountability and transparency within the agency.

Citizens have a right to expect that their complaints will be taken seriously and that law enforcement agencies will take prompt action to address any issues raised. When agencies fail to do so, it undermines public trust in law enforcement and the justice system as a whole. The situation at the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office serves as a reminder of the need for increased accountability and transparency in law enforcement agencies across Texas.


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