SOCIAL COP Hollister Police Chief David Westrick sits down for a cup of joe with local residents at Mars Hill Coffeehouse in Hollister.

Hollister Police Chief David Westrick is expected to attend the FBI National Academy in January 2018.

City Manager Bill Avera nominated Police Chief David Westrick in April 2016 to attend the FBI National Academy. Westrick will begin class January 8, 2018 in Quantico, Virginia as a member of the 271st Session of the FBI National Academy.

The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The ten-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science. The academy serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad, and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

Hollister Councilman Jim Gillio is a graduate of the FBI National Academy from his time with the Gilroy Police Department.

“It is the training opportunity of a lifetime for any law enforcement executive,” Gillio said.

Less than one percent of all enforcement leaders worldwide have the opportunity to graduate from the FBI National Academy, according to a Hollister Police Department press release. The training course is widely recognized as the highest level of law enforcement training in the world. Course work, travel, training, lodging and meals are all paid for by the FBI for all students.

In Westrick’s absence, Captain Carlos Reynoso will be filling in as Acting Chief of Police. Westrick is scheduled to return to Hollister at the end of March 2018.

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