As APD's Ray Schultz was put under the microscope of the US Department of Justice today, we expected Mr. Schultz's actions to be swift and severe. And sure enough they were. Later today Mr. Schultz released the names of officer's on the department's "Early Warning System" (EWS). In years past, officers found themselves on the EWS because of 5 or more incidents of force or complaints in a given twelve month period. This doesn't mean they've done anything wrong...it's simple math: more contacts=more arrests=more complaints/use of force. Officer were then generally briefed by the their chain of command about and continued on with their duties. If there were indeed discipline issues resulting in placement on the EWS then that was handled as well.
Because this information personnel file related information it was treated confidentially and was not for public dissemination. It's easy to see why as being listed on the EWS could be viewed as having done something wrong when in fact the opposite is true. Most officers who are on the EWS are extremely hardworking and model police officers. We will not release the names of the officers on this site. We refuse to allow Mr. Schultz a stage to further violate these officers rights to privacy. At this point; the officers on that list have not been found guilty of anything.
This all changed today. Mr. Schultz had declared war on his own personnel by releasing this information to the public. Mr. Schultz shoved many good officers under the bus in an effort to divert attention away from his own ineptness.