Community meeting

Sanctuary Law focuses on reuniting the Westside community

Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa is hosting a public forum in Turlock on Monday where local law enforcement will talk about California’s shrine law and policing in the local community.

Chiesa will be joined by Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse and Turlock Police Chief Jason Hedden at the forum, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Westside Ministries, 950 Columbia St., Turlock.

“It’s always great for the community and law enforcement to engage in conversation to create better understanding,” Chiesa said.

California Senate Bill 54, commonly known as the Sanctuary Act, is a 2017 state law that restricts state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources on behalf of federal law enforcement agencies. immigration law enforcement.

Along with a presentation on SB 54, Chiesa said the public will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with Sheriff Dirkse and Chief Hedden about “issues that people care about.”

Hedden enters his third month as Turlock’s new police chief. He took over from acting police chief Gary Hampton in February. Prior to taking charge of the Turlock Police Department, Hedden served as the Acting Chief of Police in Los Banos. He and his family have resided in Turlock for 16 years and his children go to school in Turlock.

For more information on Monday’s Community Forum, contact Megan Wells at (209) 525-6464 or [email protected]