Four guards were discovered to have falsified logs at the Nueces County Jail on Sept. 2 of last year. They were reprimanded. Two guards accused of the same offense in a different incident five days earlier were fired.Only two of six guards who allegedly falsified jail logs were fired and prosecuted. For the others, though, "Letters of reprimand, the punishment meted out to the four deputies in the Sept. 2, 2008, incident, is among the mildest of disciplinary measures for jail guards."
This case shows why departments need a uniform disciplinary matrix to mete out punishments in a more predictable fashion instead of according to the whim of the Sheriff or supervisors. Why should four officers receive only a letter of reprimand while others who did the same thing are fired and prosecuted? Seems like the backstory behind those decisions might be worthy of further investigation by the Caller-Times. I'm not sure anybody caught falsifying jail records should be employed as a peace officer.