Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama Apologizes to Officers for Inappropriate Off-Duty Relationship

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama is apologizing to his officers after allegations of an inappropriate off-duty relationship came to light last week.

On Monday, Balderrama said he planned to “own” his mistakes in an email sent to his department.

“My actions did not meet the standards of who I am as a man of faith, husband or father,” Balderrama wrote.

“I own my mistakes, they are mine and mine alone to bear, and I will pay for those mistakes for the rest of my life.”

Balderrama went on to apologize to department staff members and wrote that he understands if they are “upset and disappointed.”

The Chief’s message comes after city officials revealed last Thursday that Balderrama was under investigation for his alleged involvement in an inappropriate relationship while off duty.

Authorities say Balderrama informed the city about the allegation in February.

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The city has previously said Balderrama will remain in his chief position at least until the investigation is completed.

On Friday, leaders of the Fresno Police Officers Association questioned the ongoing investigation in a message sent to union members.

“This is an incredible affront to every sworn member of the agency, who is held accountable for policy violations related to ‘discretion’ and ‘conduct unbecoming,'” board Chairman Brandon Wiemiller wrote.

Union leaders called an emergency board meeting on Wednesday to further discuss the investigation.

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