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.