The latest report from Palo Alto's independent police auditor has no smoking guns or damning allegations, but it does contain an incident involving a dating faux pas committed by an unnamed officer.
According to a report from Independent Police Auditor Michael Gennaco, the officer responded to a call in 2012 involving a domestic dispute between a man and a woman. The woman reportedly had drunk alcohol that evening, and the man was concerned about her ability to drive. She ended up taking a cab, and no criminal charges were filed.
The following day, the man and the woman met up and patched things up. They were both embarrassed by the incident and by the fact that they had inconvenienced the police.
According to Gennaco's report, the woman contacted one of the officers involved "to express her remorse about the incident." He was out, and she left a voicemail message with her cell number.
Several days later, she received a text message from the officer.
"Drinks?" it read.
That's when things got a little awkward.
According to the report, the woman was offended ("It had not been her intention to cultivate a personal relationship with the officer") and filed a complaint against the officer, who was then counseled by department management about the inappropriate nature of his text.
Gennaco determined that the department handled the issue "quickly and appropriately."
Gennaco's report also notes that even if the woman wanted to go out for drinks with the officer, the offer still wouldn't be completely kosher.
"In other words, even a welcome solicitation of a relationship that originates in a police contact is likely to create an unprofessional dynamic, particularly if and when the relationship goes bad," the report states.