By Kristin Kjaero
April 7, 2015 (La Mesa) -- It was a perfect spring day in La Mesa for the outdoor swearing in of the new Police Chief, Walt Vasquez (photo, left), joined by his family (photo, below right). The charisma and popularity he brings with him was clear to see in the size and responsiveness of the crowd.
Vasquez began his career in law enforcement in 1986 with the San Diego Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to captain, most recently overseeing SDPD's SWAT team, Canine Unit, communications, property room, information services, and the chief's community advisory boards.
Not surprisingly given this background, his speech today expressed the values he places on public service, teamwork, and community policing.
Below and in video, we give you Chief Vasquez's speech in full.