Matt Schneider

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Service Record

Agency Glendale Arizona Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended in 2020
Salary $129,273 (2018)[1]
Last Known Status Retired[2]

Schneider won multiple awards from the police chief and represented Glendale twice on the TV show Cops.[3]

August 21, 2019, Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board unanimously voted to initiate proceedings against Schneider's police officer certification.[4]

Before retiring[5], Schneider forfeited his license. This action was noted by the Arizona POST board in June, 2020.[6]

In March 2020, Glendale’s city pension board approved Schneider’s early retirement for an accidental disability claim, though he was not on leave at the time. Details about the nature of his disability are confidential.[2][7]

Incident Reports

2005 School Bus Incident

A 2005 performance review for Schneider shows that he was disciplined for an incident where he "commandeered" an occupied school bus during a potentially dangerous situation.

His supervisor, Sgt. Rick St. John, who became Glendale's police chief, wrote praise in the same review for "thinking outside the box."

2005 Unbecoming Conduct

Schneider was investigated for Unbecoming Conduct.[8]

Response Timeline

On November 26, 2005, Schneider received a Letter of Counsel after being investigated for Unbecoming Conduct.[8]

2008 Failure to Follow Orders

Schneider had an incident where he failed to follow department orders and directives.[8]

Response Timeline

On January 23, 2008, Schneider was suspended for one day.[8]

2008 Failure to Follow Orders

Schnieder was ordered by a supervisor to put away a knife he was fiddling with. As a result of ignoring the order, a co-worker was then cut severely by the knife.[9][10]

Response Timeline

On May 1, 2008, Schneider was suspended for one day.[8]

2008 Failure to Follow Directives

Schneider ordered the destruction of seized property held in evidence after a case against the person was dropped.[8]

Response Timeline

On June 26, 2008, Schneider was suspended for one day.[8]

2016 The Chair Incident

Schneider's 2018 disciplinary action also vaguely describes a "significant event" called the "Chair Incident" that was "never fully investigated at the time as it should have been."[11][10]

2017 Arrest of Johnny Wheatcroft

During the initial engagement with Wheatcroft, Schneider incorrectly asserted that, "if you’re a passenger in a vehicle, you need to have ID" and "I can take you down to the station and we can fingerprint you."

Response Timeline

On September 26, 2018, Schneider was suspended without pay for 30 hours as his actions in the incident were "unreasonable and unnecessary".[12]

September 9, 2021, criminal charges were brought by the Arizona Attorney General's Office against Schneider. He was charged with three counts of aggravated assault — all Class 6 felonies.[2]

In September 2022, Wheatcroft and the city settled the civil lawsuit.[13]

On January 20, 2023, Schneider pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was fined $100.[13]

2018 Workplace Harassment

Schneider was said to create an "intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment" and engage in physical contact that was "prohibited harassment". He was described by his coworkers as a "bully".[11]

Response Timeline

On June 29, 2018, Schneider was given a written reprimand.[11]

References

  1. Matthew Schneider, govSalaries
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Dave Biscobing, AG's Office files charges against Glendale officer who tased handcuffed man in groin, ABC 15 Arizona, 2021-09-09
  3. Dave Biscobing, COPS producer stages interview on show involving Glendale officer from tasering incident, ABC 15 News, 2019-09-25
  4. Minutes of the August 21, 2019 Meeting, Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, 2019-08-21
  5. News report, ABC 15 Arizona, 2021-09-09
  6. Minutes of the June 17, 2020 Meeting, Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, 2020-06-17
  7. Dave Biscobing, Glendale officers involved in use of force investigations file for accidental disability retirement, ABC 15 Arizona, 2020-01-16
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Steve Conrad, Notice of Suspension, Glendale Police Department, 2008-06-28
  9. Steve Conrad, Notice of Suspension, Glendale Police Department, 2008-05-01
  10. 10.0 10.1 Dave Biscobing, Glendale officer from tasing investigation has history of suspensions, discipline, ABC 15 Arizona, 2019-02-18
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Rich LeVander, Letter of Reprimand, City of Glendale, 2018-06-29
  12. Rich LeVander, Notice to Suspend, City of Glendale, 2018-09-28
  13. 13.0 13.1 Perry Vandell, No jail time for former Glendale officer who repeatedly used stun gun on handcuffed man, azcentral, 2023-01-25