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Police Chief Westrick blogs his ‘Chief Thoughts’

Hollister chief discusses local issues in online postings

Hollister Police Chief David Westrick, already fond of using social media for sharing information and staying in touch with constituents, has begun a blog — "My Chief Thoughts" — to offer his perspective on issues.

He launched the blog on May 21 with a post that discussed the need to legislate social media and praised State Senator Anthony Cannella, Assemblyman Luis Alejo and Gov. Jerry Brown for their efforts to serve the voters.

"My point being is that these three men, have done a lot for us, you may or may not agree with all of there philosophies but we can agree they are working for us and representing us here locally," Westrick wrote. "I obviously didn't mention their combined list of successful legislation, but it is long for all three. This however, isn't a political ad, statement or endorsement. I'm a cop, therefore I am apolitical."

His second post talks about his pride in seeing the Junior Giants program come to fruition through a partnership between the City of Hollister Recreation Department and the San Benito County Police Activities League.

"On June 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM we will have our communities very first Jr Giants First Pitch meeting at Marguerite Maze School," Westrick wrote. "We expect about 1,100 people at the meeting including about 530 kids signed up for Jr Giants inaugural season here in our community. I was told last week that with this number of kids in Jr. Giants, it makes our local Jr. Giants program one of the biggest ones in the Jr. Giants system. This program will work because of our partnerships are strong. This program will work because, many of you out there will help us. Hollister always helps when its needed."

"What I thought would take five years, took a little over 5 months," he added. "Just think of what we as a community can do in five years."

To read Westrick's blog, click here.

Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.