Police Chief to hold town hall meetings

 

CALEXICO, Calif. – Calexico Police Chief Mike Bostic has created town hall meetings so that he can inform the citizens of Calexico what’s going on in the police department.

City Council gives Police Chief Mike Bostic a few minutes to report on the police department during meetings.

Sometimes he thinks it’s just not enough time with all the information he has to report.

 

“One of the things I promised the community is to live in the light.  One of the ways to do that is to allow the community to ask me questions and unfortunately, the city council presentation process doesn’t allow me to ever speak to the community,” Police Chief Mike Bostic said.

Some say it’s the best thing because questions will be answered and it will come directly from the police chief.

 

“Instead of asking Facebook people or city council members or just the community in itself.  Just go straight to the person who is in charge of the police department,” Karla Flores said.

 

“I thought it was important that the community hear the progress we’re making in the department to counter all the stories about what’s not happening instead talk about what is happening that I can,” Bostic said.

Many times some in the community depend on what they see on Facebook or what is rumored around town regarding the termination notices… the investigations and the evidence that the FBI has collected.

“I work for the city of Calexico.  There the ones who need to know what we’re doing what’s coming but most importantly I want to give them the chance to ask me questions about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” Bostic said.

A concept that hasn’t happened before with previous police chiefs.

 

“They’re going to be recorded.  People are going to be able to go back and maybe listen to some of the questions that have already answered by the police chief,” Flores said.

 

The first meeting will begin on the 19th at 7 p.m. at San Diego State University’s auditorium in Calexico.

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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