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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Message from Watsonville Police Chief

Chief Honda

Dear Community of Watsonville,

Several weeks ago I attended the Community Immigration Forum held at the Watsonville High School to help address concerns and calm fears surrounding the recent presidential elections. With the upcoming Presidential Inauguration in January, I know there is still much uncertainty as to what policies the President Elect will put into motion regarding immigration.

I would like to re-enforce in writing what I had stated at the forum and at the City Council meeting before that. It is the policy and practice of the Watsonville Police Department not to enforce federal immigration policies. Our goal as your Police Department is to help create a safer community for everyone to live, work, visit, and play in. We do this in part by enforcing State criminal laws, State traffic laws, and local ordinances, not immigration laws. We also do this by investigating crimes and working with all of our community members, regardless of immigration status.

We as a police department strive to provide the best possible service to the Community of Watsonville. We endeavor to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to provide quality service regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or immigration status. I hope this letter will help alleviate some of the fear and anxiety that has permeated your lives since the election.


David Honda
Chief of Police

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