Officer accused of tampering with evidence appears in court

An HPD officer appeared in court Friday morning after being accused of tampering with evidence.

HOUSTON - Bond has been set for an HPD officer accused of tampering with evidence related to narcotics.

Julissa Diaz, 37, appeared before a judge Friday morning. Her bond was set at $100,000.

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As a condition of her bond, she has to surrender her passport, remain in Harris County, not use drugs or alcohol and wear a GPS tracking device. 

Diaz, a 12-year veteran of the force, was once named 'officer of the month'. 

Her next court date is set for Monday morning. 

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo released the following statement on 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 co-workers 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." 

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