Allegations that an officer changed dates and times on traffic tickets has led to suspension of a federal grant that helps police enforce traffic laws in San Antonio.
The San Antonio police officer is under investigation for allegedly making such changes in his tickets, written as part of a state traffic enforcement program, KENS reported. The program uses federal funds to pay overtime for officers working traffic enforcement, but it requires that officers make a minimum number of traffic stops per hour.
Police Chief William McManus told the TV station on Wednesday that a routine audit of department records uncovered the irregularities. The officer, who hasn’t been named, is accused of changing dates and hours on tickets to make it appear he was meeting the required minimum of activity.
The Texas Department of Transportation administers the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. Officers under the program must make a minimum average of 2.5 traffic stops for each hour of overtime worked.
TxDOT suspended payments to the San Antonio Police Department after the agency self-reported the issue last week, KENS said.
McManus said that hundreds of SAPD officers who normally work overtime through the program cannot do that while the agency investigates, but that this will not affect normal traffic enforcement.
The chief said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will review the information his department sends to TxDOT.
“Once they’re satisfied, their protocol, typically, is to restore the program,” McManus told KENS.
A Dallas Police Department officer pleaded guilty in September to making a false statement after investigators discovered he had written more than two dozen fake tickets as part of the same grant program, KENS reported.