But another story out of HCC again makes me question supervisory systems at these smaller agencies. Officer Colleen Adams, who is under investigation in a racial profiling episode, was the subject of a letter from 10 colleagues to supervisors claiming she shouldn't be a cop, but top decisionmakers kept her on the force. Reported KHOU:
Initially, university officials suggested they had no knowledge of prior complaints against Adams. But a letter of complaint signed by several campus police officers was forwarded to members of the HCC Police command staff in July of 2009. The letter contains a laundry list of allegations, calling Adams “overly aggressive” and guilty of behavior “unbecoming of an officer.”See the full story:
If KHOU hadn't uncovered the memo questioning Adams' background, HCC clearly wasn't going to publicly acknowledge it. They'd already misled to the press to say she had no prior history of complaints. That doesn't inspire confidence. Agencies outfitting SWAT teams with military gear require robust supervisory capacity that typically can't be replicated at peripheral departments like campus or parks police, and which clearly doesn't exist at HCCPD.