Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the Calexico Police Department   [open pdf - 3MB]

"Across the United States, government leaders are bringing a new level of emphasis--and often urgency-- to aligning best practices in law enforcement with the needs, expectations, and constitutional rights of the communities their police agencies serve. As recently outlined by the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the principal focus of this community policing strategic effort is to advance meaningful solutions to help law enforcement agencies and communities strengthen trust and collaboration while ushering the nation into the next phase of community-oriented policing. In the fall of 2014, a young man alleged that he had been kidnapped and beaten by members of the Calexico Police Department (CPD). The City of Calexico terminated the employment contract of the then Chief of Police, Pompeyo Tabarez. Also in the fall of 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launched an investigation into possible criminal misconduct by several CPD officers, raided the department, and seized computer hard drives and documents. The city's newly hired Chief of Police, Michael Bostic, identified issues related to the lack of ongoing criminal investigations, internal investigations, and general police operations including his belief that city council members and members of the Calexico Police Officers' Association were interfering with ongoing investigations. Among other actions, the chief terminated the employment of several CPD officers based on their alleged use of seized assets to buy surveillance equipment to extort the city council."

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