Houston Police Department officer Julissa Guzman Diaz has been charged with evidence tampering and relieved of duty effective today,
Officer Julissa Guzman Diaz has been charged with evidence tampering and relieved of duty earlier today, HPD says.
Diaz was arrested but has been released on a $2,500 bond. Her next court appearance is set for November 13, 2017.
Diaz was sworn in as an officer in January 2006 and was assigned to the Clear Lake Patrol Division. She also served as a mentor at Teen and Police Service Academy
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo released this statement:
Ms. Diaz's betrayal of the public trust and oath of office is inconsistent with the dedication of the men and women of the Houston Police Department (HPD) and their tireless, honorable service. While we cannot overstate our depth of disappointment, we take solace in the fact the investigation that led to Ms. Diaz's arrest was conducted by men and women of the HPD, the same organization and co-workers she betrayed. We look forward to working with the Harris County District Attorney's office to ensure she is held to the highest level of accountability under the law. Ms. Diaz's peace officer powers have been suspended and she has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal affairs investigation. I urge anyone with information regarding her criminal misconduct or misconduct by any member of the Houston Police Department to contact us.