Good cop gone bad, Julissa Guzman Diaz, was arrested by her colleagues Thursday on charges that she tampered with evidence relating to narcotics. The 37-year-old officer was hired back in January of 2006 and assigned to the Clear Lake Patrol Division.
In November 2015, Guzman was honored by the Houston Police Officers Union and awarded the ‘Patrol Officer of the Month’. She received the honor for detaining two suspected drug dealers after a routine traffic stop turned into a hot pursuit with cops recovering four kilos of cocaine from the scene.
Houston’s finest did not provide further details surrounding the allegations against Guzman and the formal charging documents were not available in court records. Police Chief Art Acevedo released this statement following her arrest:
“Ms. Diaz’s betrayal of the public trust and oath of office is inconsistent with the dedication of the men and women of the Houston Police Department (HPD) and their tireless, honorable service. While we cannot overstate our depth of disappointment, we take solace in the fact the investigation that led to Ms. Diaz’s arrest was conducted by men and women of the HPD, the same organization and coworkers she betrayed. We look forward to working with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to ensure she is held to the highest level of accountability under the law. Ms. Diaz’s peace officer powers have been suspended and she has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal affairs investigation. I urge anyone with information regarding her criminal misconduct or misconduct by any member of the Houston Police Department to contact us.”