Cecilio Velasco sworn in as chief of Avenal Police

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

AVENAL, Calif. (KFSN) — There’s a new top cop in the city of Avenal.

Cecilio Velasco brings 19 years of law enforcement experience to the role of Chief of Police and plans to focus on reducing crime and gang violence.

“Our crime stats have decreased, and we are very proud of those,” said Velasco.

The Avenal Police Department faces a continuous string of crimes along the I-5 corridor, something the new chief says he has experience with.

“I know a lot of times the criminals will take the corridors as an opportunity to come in and leave after they committed the crimes. But there are technological advances that we can utilize to identify those individuals.”

Before Chief Velasco was sworn in, some of his biggest supporters, his mother and grandmother, were recognized for their contributions.

Looking ahead, Chief Velasco had this message for the community and repeat criminals: “Consider now as an opportunity to reform. Our commitment to justice is unwavering, but so is our belief in second chances and rehabilitation. Leave that lifestyle and let us move forward united in our mission to foster a safer, more connected Avenal.”

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.