Odessa Police Chief Speaks Out About Fired Police Officer
March 20, 2014 at 2:57 AM CDT - Updated July 21 at 10:53 AM
By: Geena Martinez NewsWest 9
ODESSA - An Odessa Police officer was fired from the force today after he was accused of fondling three women during traffic stops. But his problems don't end there for this former officer who's now on the other side of the law.
"Under no circumstances will this organization tolerate any type of criminal behavior, particularly of this nature," Chief Tim Burton said. Chief Burton didn't hold back his disappointment during a press conference about former police officer Salvador Becerra. "He purposefully did things to avoid the procedural regulations that we have in place," Chief Burton said. Becerra was fired on Wednesday morning during a disciplinary hearing about the allegations against him. A police investigation revealed he touched the breasts of three women during separate traffic stops. Becerra was arrested last week and charged. The now former officer kept quiet while leaving the police station. A copy of the disciplinary order shows Becerra violated several standard operating procedures including proper audio and video recording during stops. He also violated procedures for properly documenting and reporting. The order goes on to say Becerra made false statements in regards to this case. The administrative process is over but officials said the criminal investigation into these allegations is still very active. "He's now subject to the criminal justice process just like any other individual would be," Chief Burton said. But that's not all; Becerra's peace officer license could also be in jeopardy. "We're required to file the appropriate forms with TCOLE, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement," Chief Burton said. "They will then take that document and they will act on the license independently." Chief Burton said the department did a thorough investigation and he's confident there are no other victims. Still he's sending this message to the public. "It is vitally important when you feel you have been victimized, no matter what the circumstances are, to report them to the police," he said.
Becerra does not have the chance to appeal his termination.