HOLLISTER – Former North Fork resident and Sierra High School graduate-turned-Police Chief David Westrick has been named the 2014 National Police Chief of the Year by WeTip, Inc., an anonymous crime reporting hotline network.
On Friday, Apr. 11, Westrick received the 2014 Police Chief of the Year award at the company’s 41st Annual National Conference in Ontario.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said Chief Westrick.
“The complete credit should go to the police officers and staff at our police department, city employees, city management, the Hollister Mayor and City Council and our very supportive community. We are a team with the common goal to make Hollister the best and safest place to live in California.”
The Hollister police chief was a 1986 graduate of Sierra High School in Tollhouse, and attended Fresno City College and Union Institute and University. He was formerly an officer with the Redwood City Police Department.
Since 1972, WeTip has been an anonymous crime reporting resource for citizens, as well as a tool to aid law enforcement. The group serves all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and portions of Canada and Mexico.
In 2008 the Hollister Police Department began partnering with WeTip to make hotlines available to facilitate anonymous tips, and was given special recognition by the company for being the first police department to fully fund membership of the whole county.
“These awards are to those individuals who have shown extraordinary effort and outstanding service in the field of crime prevention,” explained company CEO Susan Aguilar.
Chief Westrick was in the news for another good reason late last year, when his family adopted a malnourished pony named Captain, abandoned weeks earlier in Hollister. Westrick’s young daughter Hailee, who wants to become a veterinarian, received the surprise on Christmas from Santa Claus, in the form of Captain, who is now a permanent part of the Chief’s family.