CHIEF OF POLICE ERIC BLANCHARD
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14,2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SRO Officer Terminated
ARANSAS PASS, TEXAS – In the interest of transparency and to sustain community trust and support which the department works tirelessly to maintain, I bring you the following information.
This past Monday, December 11, 2017, Aransas Pass ISD officials shared concerns of an improper relationship between the School Resource Officer Robert Brake and an adult student. The school provided supporting evidence and asked me to assign a new officer to the ISD.
My administration immediately began an internal investigation, and I was able to substantiate the improper relationship. Though no crime was committed, Robert directly violated both department ethical and conduct standards. His actions directly defy our professional guidelines and undermine our public trust. As a result of the investigation, Robert was released from employment.
I apologize to our community and those who regularly depend on us to serve them with honor, commitment, wisdom, compassion, and last but not least integrity. My administration will continue to work diligently towards sustaining the public trust bestowed upon us and acting in such a way to prevent a reoccurrence of this type of behavior.
Eric Blanchard, Chief