SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The homicide rate has reached a 20-year high in San Jose, and authorities point to gang activity as one reason for the soaring crime rate.

There were 20 homicides in all of 2010. Even before reaching the halfway mark of 2011, San Jose’s homicide rate had already passed that figure. Police attribute more than a dozen of the 2011 homicides in January through June to gangs.

“That’s what’s really troubling,” San Jose councilman Pete Constant reacted. “Because I believe it’s the gang-related homicides that we do have the ability to intercede and prevent if we can put enough resources on the street.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Therein lies the challenge: manpower is spread thin. The violent crimes enforcement team was eliminated from the San Jose Police Department’s rank and file earlier this year and merged with another unit.

The staffing problems within SJPD only stand to get worse, with more than 100 officers expected to be laid off in late June because of San Jose’s budget problems.

“What I’m really worried about,” said Constant, himself a former police officer, “is what the further reductions we’ve just experienced as we go into our new fiscal year, that there may be times that we’re unable to react.”

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Comments (11)
  1. m says:

    Very eloquently and bravely said. I could not agree more. Anti-illegal immigration does NOT mean racist. It just means we need to “get real” about a problem that was not envisioned and got out of control.

  2. Jim says:

    well now we know where the problem is, make your budget adjustments to reflect the changes, instead of sweeping changes that effect everything.

  3. col. Jackson says:

    Dawg ur entirely correct and until we get rid of the socialist in our government annd elect real Americans to our government this problem won’t go away

  4. Vinh says:

    And you wonder why half the Mexicans graduate high school….so they can be tough and hard. Then they will claim a block or corner to peddle some drugs. The young girls get pregnant early so they can be on welfare and will demand bilingual Spanish in public schools. They barley speak and write good English. Oh wait, it already is happening right now.

    1. Don says:

      Vinh, you being Vietnamese and all, i wouldn’t trash talk the Mexicans, okay? The Vietnamese-American immigrant community have their own problems with crime, particularly crime of Vietnamese committing crimes against other Vietnamese. Not to mention the rise in Asian gangs.

  5. Ralph says:

    Hispanic gangs are the WORST and most violent! These idiots have nothing to lose! The problem is the gang families reproduce like rabbits and teach their young the gang lifestyle, no discipline, and to reproduce even more at an early age. It’s a vicious cycle that seems to never end. Most of the illegal immigrants who come here try to make ends meet, but it seems like they end up miserable and not “fitting in” looking towards corruption, crime, and cheating the system. One thing i do have to admit that they are good at is cheap and dirty MANUAL labor!

  6. average joe says:

    there are alot of good points made here, especially the one in reference that anti illegal immigration does not mean racist. very well said, i like people of all races , i like people in general, i give everyone a fair shake until they give me a reason to think or feel differently about them, but there are just too many foreigners and illegals in the bay area. everyone seems to have an accent of some kind, which is fine to an extent, but cmon, the reality is that white people are being pushed out because it is not a good idea to be a white person with a job in the state of california anymore. you just end up paying taxes for these people to stay here.

  7. BOB says:

    jimmy get help!!!!

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