Walnut Creek police commanders became aware of alleged misconduct in late 2016, according to a summary of the misconduct released late Tuesday. Borman was found to have “violated several policies, including multiple examples of careless evidence handling (mainly digital evidence like photos) and misrepresenting his actions in police reports,” the summary says.
The summary notes that Borman was a “newer officer” in 2016, and he “had a good record of awards and proactive police work.”
Investigators initially recommended he be fired. The police chief found four policy violations, but determined “that the most serious allegation of dishonesty was unfounded,” according to the record.
In lieu of termination, Borman was suspended for 30 days without pay, and he entered into a “last chance agreement” and performance improvement plan. He was also removed from special assignments and disqualified from pay raises for a year.
“Officer Borman was given significant discipline before returning to full duty as a Patrol Officer,” the record says.
The release came the same day that 33 newspapers, public radio stations and online news outlets announced a collaboration — The California Reporting Project — to collect and share disciplinary records made publicly accessible under the new law.