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San Luis Police Department

It’s been a year now since the City of San Luis appointed its new Chief of Police.

Chief Craig Higgins, who is a retired federal drug enforcement agent with over 28 years of law enforcement experience, is the latest in a line of people to take the position. The department has had five chiefs in five years.

KAWC's Stephanie Sanchez checks in with San Luis Police Chief Craig Higgins for an update on the state of the department and community policing.

Stephanie Sanchez

A trail along the Colorado River has been recognized for its historical significance. The designation came this weekend at a ceremony hosted by the National Park Service and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.

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A Yuma native will be honored this week with an award that recognizes his work on behalf of the nation's migrant farmworkers.

David Damian Figueroa will receive the Dolores Huerta Award, named after a renowned civil rights leader who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez.

KAWC's Stephanie Sanchez speaks with Figueroa, a producer of films and music, about the recognition.

Yuma Native David Damian Figueroa will receive his recognition Thursday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles.

Yuma Police Department

In 2015, the Yuma Police Department lost over 30 police officers who moved on to better paying agencies. Over a year later, the department is fully staffed but now faces another issue, budget revenue shortfalls.

KAWC's Stephanie Sanchez checks in with YPD Chief John Lekan to talk about the state of the department  and looming budget cuts.

Yuma Police Department

President Donald Trump wants local police to help enforce federal immigration laws. His recent executive action gives local police chiefs the choice to deputize their officers as immigration officials and do street level enforcement.

But in the border community of Yuma, Arizona, where there are thousands of border and customs officials, the local police department said using its resources to enforce immigration laws makes no sense.

KAWC’s Stephanie Sanchez reports.

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