Calexico POA update

CALEXICO, Calif. – After months of internal investigations plus one sweeping probe by the FBI, the Calexico Police Officers Association (POA) has a new set of board members. During the overhaul at least three officers were fired and removed from the association.

“Basically we are going to use that as a positive by working with city administration to rebuild the relationship that was lost.” said POA President Sean Acuna, who is also an officer at the department.

Police Chief Michael Bostic has now been in charge of the department for about four months. He says when he first got here he couldn’t even talk to union officials, making his job extremely difficult. Officials say there was a gap between the union and administrators, and some officers were asking for a change.

“Their whole conversation when I got here was, ‘What’s in it for me?’, and it’s now completely shifted. My officers are now talking about community policing, neighborhood watch, serving the community, solving crime, getting out on the street and serving search warrants, and that was not going on before.” said Bostic.

During a press conference held Monday morning Bostic made those changes clear to city leaders, leaving them with a sense of optimism for law enforcement in the city.

“The officers themselves took care of this issue, the officers themselves wanted change, and the officers themselves took a stand.” said council member Maritza Hurtado.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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