Imperial Police undergo accreditation process

Imperial Police undergo accreditation process

IMPERIAL, Calif. –  The vote of no confidence of the police chief in Imperial is now two months old and the city says they are doing something in response to the POAs concerns.

In November the Imperial Police Officers Association voted no confidence Chief Miguel Colon.

Since then the city has met with POA and sent a letter of clarification for their position and the POA hasn’t responded.

Now… the city introducing an accreditation process through CALIA to address some of the concerns.

“To go through an accreditation process which is impartial.  It doesn’t favor management.  It doesn’t favor police officers.  It takes into account our city budget and the size of our community the state that we’re located in,” City Manager Marlene Best said.

President Eric Granado says this is the first he’s heard of the process and the association knows nothing of it as well.

“The POA definitely welcomes to bring in somebody to look at the problems that we’re having and that’s exactly what we’re asking for,” Police Officers’ Association President Eric Granado said.

The POA says they haven’t responded to the city’s letter because they didn’t think their concerns were addressed.

“The letter of no confidence speaks for itself.  No further elaboration is or information is needed,” Granado said.

There are a handful of lawsuits against the city and the police chief of Imperial.

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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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