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Texas Municipal Police Association to address police chief in city council meeting

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The Texas Municipal Police Association said the Palestine Police Chief has the lowest management survey scores in a decade, and they plan to address the issue in Monday's city council meeting.

The TMPA said they surveyed more than 80% of the employees at the Palestine Police Department. The TMPA said the police chief was the only commissioned police officer, not on probation, who did not complete the survey. Noel Johnson, Lead Field Officer of the Texas Municipal Police Association said, "In over a decade that I've been with TMPA and we've done these management studies at agencies all over the state, I've never seen results this low."

The TMPA plans to address the issue at the city council meeting Monday evening. Nowel Johnson and Clint McNear are two Texas Municipal Police Association field representatives that want to make sure the issues with the Palestine Police Department are addressed. "Different officers reached out to TMPA over the last year with concerns about issues going on within the PD, anywhere from feeling mistreated, to morale issues, to a lack in training, to being concerned about officer safety issues, to most importantly leadership from the top," said Johnson.

They say the issues with Palestine Police Chief Robert Herbert are nothing new. An employment satisfaction survey from the Forest Hill Police Department, where Herbert came to Palestine from, outline those problems. One employee wrote, "If you don't agree with the Police Chief, watch out."

Tonight, the TMPA is asking the council to make an important decision, not just for these police officers, but for this community. "I would say a 0% approval rating would mean you're not salvageable. I believe that the council has been in the dark the last 28 months, and I believe to this day, that the community is in the dark," added Johnson.

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