San Benito police chief hoping more people get to know him

SAN BENITO — Police Chief Martin Morales loves this city. That’s why he has stayed here so long to protect and serve it.

In an effort to make himself more known to the community, Morales, a man with more than 30 years of experience under his belt, met with the community to discuss his department.

Yesterday, The San Benito Chamber of Commerce hosted Coffee with the Chief, in what they hope is the first of many more to come.

Morales, Captain Mario Parea and Captain Michael Cortez sat in on the session designed to bring together the community who may have had questions about police matters.

It’s all about connecting public officials with the public community, said Chamber President Lionel Betancourt.

“The Chamber’s role in this town is to create transparency among all of us,” Betancourt said. “This is something we can build on.”

Morales, who became chief in 2011 has been with the department for about 28 years.

During the morning coffee session, he provided guests a short run down of his department and the main functions.

The police department currently employs 43 officers, along with eight civilian staff members.

“We have different divisions within the department that handle different things,” Morales said. “Each person has their duties.”

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