CALIPATRIA — Police officers here are outraged by recent orders from the city to perform maintenance duties on the Police Department building and grounds.
Police officers, who have formed the Calipatria Police Officers' Association, did say they are considering legal action against the city.
Ontario-area attorney Bridget J. Wilson, who has been hired by the California Organization of Police and Sheriff's to represent the Calipatria police officers, said City Manager Romualdo Medina directed police to do the grounds work.
Calipatria Police Chief Reggie Gomez declined to comment as did Medina during a council meeting Tuesday.
However, Medina did say, "The POA came with some concerns that I feel was a misunderstanding and this will be addressed. I will get together with the chief to address this."
Wilson on Tuesday told the City Council that having police officers do grounds work was "an unfair labor practice."
Wilson said, "It seems to me pretty logical that it's a bad idea for the citizens of Calipatria to have their police officers doing gardening instead of being on call for public safety calls."