City audit raises concerns about fatigue while Dallas officers are on duty

A city audit will be released Friday that raises concern about officer fatigue at the Dallas Police Department.

Fatigue was one of the issues from the shooting death of Botham Jean by Officer Amber Guyger, who was off-duty after a 12-hour shift. While it’s still not known if Guyger worked off-duty jobs in the days before the shooting, the audit says Dallas PD is not doing enough in general to ensure that moonlighting police are not overworked.

FOX4 obtained a confidential memo about the audit sent by the city's interim auditor. The memo said Dallas PD has oversights that could compromise the safety of both DPD officers and citizens.

After the death of Jean, FOX4 requested records on how many hours Guyger worked in the days before the shooting. The city has denied those requests, but police said on the night of the shooting she had just finished a 12-hour shift.

“We look at fatigue in any officer involved shooting. Any officer involved use of force,” said Mike Mata, Dallas Police Association president.

Mata said he does not know if Guyger worked any off-duty jobs the week of the shooting, but he says that due to the overall police shortage, some officers may be working too many hours.

“We're getting to the point that no one wants to do this job,” Mata said.

According to the confidential city memo, DPD does not have "adequate...internal controls" to manage and monitor off-duty work. It says the city cannot "ensure DPD officers are not...working excessive hours, which may compromise the safety of both DPD officers and citizens."

Mata agrees it is an issue.

“It all comes down to we do not have enough cops in this city. It really boils down to that,” Mata said.

Mata says the demand is higher than ever, not only from the shortage of on-duty officers, but also in response to mass shootings and requests for additional off-duty security.

Mata says an officer might work a city approved off duty job for eight hours and then report to DPD for a scheduled eight-hour shift that could then go into overtime. 

“In the end officers should not be working more than 16 hours a day, it’s not healthy,” Mata said.

The audit itself is expected to be released late Friday. Dallas police officials did not respond to questions from FOX4.