Things to Know:

  1. The County District Attorney’s office has offered solutions to the problems with Rockport Police Department several times in writing including on February 13, 2018, on March 5, 2018 (Click Here) and the Rockport Police Department has refused every suggestion and offered no proposals or solutions in return. (Click Here)
  2. And, after the hurricane, another written attempt was made after repeated verbal attempts. (Click Here)
  3. When the County asked why the City would not agree to suggestions, they offered no response. (Click Here)
  4. The County District Attorney suggested mediation after the City refused to comply with all of the County’s verbal requests, in person meeting requests and emails. (Click Here)
  5. In response to the outgoing Mayor’s January 4, 2018 letter, the County District Attorney and County emailed the Mayor’s attorney and they finally agreed to mediate, but only if it was not held in Rockport.  The mediation occurred in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Click Here)
  6. All solutions offered by the County District Attorney are followed by the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers and are statewide accepted policies. (Click Here)
  7. The City has heard from Tom Bridges who did not mediate this matter, but did advise Rockport Police Department to comply with the County District Attorney’s request of 10/5. (Click Here) The City, instead, required a privacy agreement (Click Here) and only provided documents when the County District Attorney office subpoenaed them.  These are standard documents routinely shared with a prosecutor’s office by law enforcement and the City ignored its own consultant’s advice.
  8. The problems with Rockport Police Department have been mediated one time, on February 9, 2018.  During that mediation, the Mayor and Council did not attend, but the Sheriff and County District Attorney did.  At the end of the day, the parties made significant headway and the County District Attorney provided written solutions, and the City declined to follow those.
  9. No grant money is at risk and the City knows this because it has lost its grant funding in the past under the prior District Attorney.  Currently the County has a 92% disposition rate and the rate is a 5 year average.  The current cases would not affect the disposition rate for several years.  Also, the City is citing a Federal (not State) grant and incorrectly states the County would lose money.  It would not and that has been verified by the Department of Public Safety. (Click Here)
  10. The County District Attorney’s office has worked through issues such as these with the Sheriff and been successful.
  11. The County District Attorney’s office is committed to a resolution to the issues with the Rockport Police Department and their history of problems with the District Attorneys’ offices, both past and current.  However, as stated on August 15, 2017,  until an improvement plan is in place that assures Rockport Police Department will follow the law and provide all information to the prosecutor and the Court, this cannot occur. (Click Here)