By Adam Lopez
As a sitting member on Chief Whitney’s Advisory Board and having partnered up with the Oxnard Police Department on many events and outreach programs, one thing is certain, Chief Whitney wholeheartedly believes on strengthening the relationship with the “Faith” community. During our 1st Annual Faith Forum, where over 60 organizations were represented, Chief Whitney poured out his heart and shared the many burdens and challenges he is faced with as he leads this great Police Department.
Chief Whitney encouraged all faith leaders to get involved, get engaged, and establish relationships outside of the four walls of the church. And being the great leader that he is, Chief Whitney set the standard, and definitely began leading by example.
On Sunday February 24, 2019, Chief Whitney visited Oxnard Revival Center and spoke in front of the English Congregation as well as the Spanish Congregation. Chief Whitney was able to speak on a personal level without an official agenda, meeting, or platform structure. He spoke from the heart and truly connected with everyone in attendance as he inspired, motivated, and encouraged unity and solidarity. Chief Whitney and the Oxnard Police Department have always been great partners and supporters of all our community efforts, and together we have made an impact and have made a difference in the lives of many.
Thank you Chief Whitney for being a true leader and for the setting the example of how real relationships are built.
If any organization or individual has an interest in this initiative, please reach out to me directly so we can discuss further and provide you additional details.
In addition, on Thursday April 4, 2019, I had the distinct honor of receiving an award from Chief Whitney during their Annual Employee recognition and Police Officer of the year luncheon. The award was Chief’s Excellence Award and it was given to a number of community residents for various accomplishments and achievements. In my case, Chief gave a recognition for all the community work that was completed during 2018. It was truly a humbling experience, and I genuinely felt honored and extremely grateful.
I share this recognition with my ORC family and leaders who have believed and supported our community efforts for the past 5 years. We have come a long way and we have changed many lives. “