CLEAT: Survey of SAPD shows low confidence in Vasquez’s leadership

The San Angelo Coalition of Police through the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas issued a survey to members of the San Angelo Police Department to determine SAPD officers’ levels of job satisfaction with incumbent chief Tim Vasquez and his administration.

The survey was administered April 20, after CLEAT endorsed Frank Carter in the upcoming police chief election in a letter to Carter dated March 28, which was posted on his social media page April 7.

The confidential questionnaire was taken by 149 sworn employees of the SAPD. Out of those, 123 surveys were completed, resulting in an 82.5 percent response rate.

John Moritz with the CLEAT organization said in an email, “Nearly 90 percent of officers believe Chief Tim Vasquez has little or no interest in what his employees have to say.”

Moritz said the survey went out April 20 on Survey Monkey, which has safeguards to prevent respondents from voting more than once.

Vasquez questioned the validity of the poll.

“You could have had one person vote more than 50 times,” Vasquez said. “All you had to do was clear your cookies.”

According to surveymonkey.com, you can only collect one response per email address, so there isn’t an option to allow multiple responses per computer.

As far as broader election issues, Moritz added, “More than 88 percent of officers fear they’d be victim of retaliation.”

Fifty-seven percent said they “strongly disagreed” with the statement “I have no fear of retaliation from the Chief of Police for expressing my opinion about any issue of concern.”

“As a result of these issues, more than 75 percent of SAPD officers say they do not have full confidence that Chief Vasquez is suited to lead the department into the future,” Moritz said.

Concurrently, 88 percent of poll respondents said they disagreed or strongly disagreed that “the morale of the SAPD is high.”

Asked “if a complaint is filed against me I feel that I would be given the same presumption of innocence by the Administration that I am required to give to a civilian,” 74.5 percent of respondents said they disagreed or strongly disagreed.

Vasquez said he refused to respond to anything specific on the survey because he felt a member of the CLEAT organization has been at odds against him since he disciplined a local CLEAT member a few years ago.

“CLEAT has endorsed against me every time,” Vasquez said.

Vasquez claimed he had not been privy to viewing the full results of the survey prior to speaking with San Angelo Now.

Industry standard methods and procedures were used to determine opinions by reviewing the frequency of survey statements. The survey was designed to collect honest responses to questions about compensation, equipment, over-all officer morale, conditions of the workplace, communication and leadership.

A five-point Likert rating-scale was used to measure responses for a total of 78 questions in the survey.

 

 Some of the survey questions responded to by officers Strongly Agree Agree No Opinion Disagree Strongly Disagree Strongly Agree or Agree Disagree or Strongly Disagree
7 The morale at the SAPD is high 0 5.04 6.72 44.54 43.7 5.04 88.24
8 My morale is high 3.39 22.03 11.08 54.76 17.8 25.42 72.56
19 The police admin. treats all officers fairly and equitably 1.69 5.08 9.32 38.98 44.92 6.77 83.9
20 PC Tim Vasquez supports employee imput 2.54 5.93 16.95 35.59 38.98 8.47 74.57
26 I have no fear of retaliation from the CoP for expressing my opinion about any issue of concern 2.54 6.78 2.54 30.51 57.63 9.32 88.14
27 The CoP is a good manager of employees 2.54 7.63 11.86 41.53 36.44 10.17 77.97
28 The CoP is concerned about line level employees morale 0.85 5.08 7.63 30.51 55.93 5.93 86.44
29 The CoP supports line level employees 0.85 7.63 12.71 37.29 41.53 8.48 78.82
30 The CoP has made staffing/scheduling decisions in the best interest of line level employees. 1.69 6.78 12.71 42.37 36.44 8.47 78.81
31 The CoP has made staffing/scheduling decisions in the best interest of citizens and police services. 1.69 10.17 15.25 46.61 26.27 11.86 72.88
32 The CoP regularly attends meetings and briefings so that he has frequent contact with line level employees. 0 1.69 10.17 20.34 67.8 1.69 88.14
34 I have full confidence in the CoP’s ability to lead the SAPD into the future. 1.71 6.84 13.68 26.5 51.28 8.55 77.78
38 Police admin. encourages me to express new ideas for improving police services. 2.54 7.63 11.02 38.98 39.83 10.17 78.81
59 Police admin. values my input and suggestions. 1.69 5.93 11.02 38.14 43.22 7.62 81.36
60 I believe there is good communication between the admin. and rank and file. 1.69 2.54 5.93 28.81 61.02 4.23 89.83
61 I receive adequate training related to my current assignment. 5.08 23.73 6.78 38.98 25.42 28.81 64.4
62 The SAPD focuses on training personnel above minimum standards. 2.54 12.71 6.78 45.76 32.2 15.25 77.96
63 All officers have adequate opportunities to attend professional training. 1.69 0.85 3.39 40.68 53.39 2.54 94.07
66 The admin. holds employees at all levels accountable for their actions. 5.08 13.56 9.32 38.98 33.05 18.64 72.03
67 Discipline, to include any written counseling or letters, is fair to all officers, regardless of rank. 2.56 5.98 15.38 38.46 37.61 8.54 76.07
73 The SAPD has clearly defined direction and goals. 1.69 13.56 14.41 33.9 36.44 15.25 70.34
74 If a complaint is filed against me I feel that I would be given the same pres. of innocence by the admin. that I am required to give to a civilian. 5.08 13.56 6.78 33.05 41.53 18.64 74.58
78 The SAPD admin holds their self to the same standards as line level officers. 1.69 2.54 8.47 19.49 67.8 4.23 87.29

 

For the survey in its entirety, click the link: sapd management survey summary results (1)

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