Department of Justice begins to monitor Calexico police

 

 

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.

 

About The Author

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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