With the arrest two weeks ago of Calexico police Officer Jose Angel Perry on drug importation charges and the expected termination of Officer Patrick Kevin Estrada for an alleged sexual relationship with a teen he later married, combined with other departures, the Calexico police force has taken some fairly severe staffing blows in recent months.
Those high-profile losses aside, the real turmoil revolving around the department has to do with the loss of numerous officers to other police departments in and outside the Imperial Valley because of pay, or lack thereof in the city of Calexico's case.
The Calexico Police Department's budget allows for 45 officers. However, the department is down to 33 officers, depending on the fate of Perry, Estrada and another officer going through the department's administrative disciplinary process.
The lack of officers is unacceptable for Calexico. With a base population of 27,000, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers, conservative estimates have Calexico swelling to the likes of a city of 80,000 with the daily influx of those crossing north from Mexicali.