The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services also known as COPS will begin their work in Calexico monitoring the Calexico Police Department.
“We have to make sure that this effort. This comprehensive effort for the the next 2 1/2 years has to be part of a larger reform effort, a transformational effort that’s already underway,” COPS Director Ronald Davis said.
Calexico Police Chief Mike Bostic felt this is the best route to take to make sure former chiefs can’t be brought back and that the police department continues to move forward toward a better police force.
“The talent that the Department of Justice is bringing to us to teach us the best police department we can be and believe me I’m not the expert. I am really looking forward to any help that I can get,” Calexico Police Chief Mike Bostic said.
“I’m sure the public, the community will have a hand in it to say what are we going to do now? What are we going to do next? We’re going to assess, evaluate and then we’re going to execute,” Calexico Mayor John Moreno said.
Assessing will be the first thing COP will do and then they’ll figure out what changes need to be made from their evaluation.
COPS will make an objective assessment of Calexico’s Police Department’s policies, practices and responsiveness to the community to ensure they’re taking into account national standards.
“The reality is that people need to have trust in their police department. Public safety demands it and if you don’t have it they’ve compromised the safety not only here but throughout the U.S. So we need to do everything humanly possible bridge the gap between the police department and the community,” Davis said.