For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016
CONTACT: Shannon Long
COPS Office provides 169 recommendations to reform the police department
IMPERIAL, CALI. - The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today released its initial assessment of the Calexico Police Department (CPD) as part of its collaborative review process.
At the request of (former) Chief Michael Bostic and (former) City Manager Richard Warne, the COPS Office began a comprehensive review of the Calexico Police Department. The first phase of this review, the initial assessment, identified 94 key findings that showed significant deficiencies in nearly every operational area of the department. Key areas of concern include the department’s instability in leadership, lack of commitment to fund improvements to the department, lack of supervision and accountability, and the absence of community policing practices.
The assessment further identified deficiencies in Internal Affairs, no early intervention practices, criminal investigations lacking basic controls and oversight, patrol operations lacking resources and coordination, and no crime analysis information sharing internally nor externally.
“The number and severity of the findings in this assessment reflect the need for the Calexico Police Department to overhaul its core operational systems,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “Successful implementation of the recommendations outlined in this report will require increased leadership and support at all levels of city government. Failure to make the changes in the report constitutes a great disservice to the community and to the men and women who serve the Calexico Police Department.”
The report also outlines 169 recommendations designed to address the deficiencies noted in the assessment and ensure the police department adopts best practices in its key operational systems.
The report, Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the Calexico Police Department, can be found online here: http://ric-zai-inc.com/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-W0804.
The assessment was administered as part of the COPS Office’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance, designed to provide technical assistance to agencies facing significant law enforcement-related issues. Using subject matter experts, interviews and direct observations, as well as conducting extensive research and analysis, the COPS Office assists law enforcement agencies with enhancing and improving their policies and procedures, their operating systems and their professional culture. The COPS Office can issue a series of recommendations and be instrumental in assisting agencies with the implementation of those recommendations.
The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.