In August 2015 the Big Spring Police Department was informed of allegations involving misconduct on the part of Officer Joel Rojo. Due to the nature of the allegations being criminal, the Big Spring Police Department contacted the Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers to investigate the criminal allegations while the Big Spring Police Department initiated an administrative investigation. Officer Rojo was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.
On the April 12, 2016, a Grand Jury of the 118th District Court issued five criminal indictments against Officer Rojo and he was subsequently arrested on those indictments.
As of today, June 17, 2016, Officer Joel Rojo's employment with the Big Spring Police Department has been terminated as a result of an administrative investigation.
Due to the ongoing criminal investigation's close ties with the administrative investigation there is limited information that Administration is able to share with you all.
J. Rojo is still afforded his appeal process and his trial for the criminal allegations has been tentatively set for September 2016.
It is imparitive the we as Texas Peace Officers are committed to providing the citizens of Big Spring professional services while holding ourselves accountable and above reproach of any un-ethical, immoral, or illegal acts.
I would like to thank each of you that performs your duties in a professional manner. Know that the community as a whole does support our mission and officers/employees that stray outside of our code of ethics, laws and policies will be dealt with accordingly so that we continue to operate above reproach.