By Mike Colgan

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — The San Jose Police Department announced on Friday they are getting some assistance in combating gang-related crimes from The Department of Homeland Security.

Under the partnership two gang experts from Homeland Security will be assigned to work with the department’s gang investigations unit. According to police spokesman Jason Dwyer, 14 of the 27 homicides this year have been gang-related.

“They have an extensive background in gang investigations. They’ve worked major cases involving large gangs such as MS13. Right now if you look at the gang climate inSan Jose and the uptick in gang violence we’re experiencing, we can use all the help we can get,” Dwyer said.

Dywer made it clear that the partnership doesn’t involve immigration removals.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“This is not an immigration issue. We are not bringing these Homeland Security investigators in order to go on to a broad immigration sweep,” Dwyer said reassuringly. “This is about gang violence and criminal investigations. The chief’s and the department’s stance is not changing on immigration. This is a resource we could not pass up,” he added.

The department is in the process of laying off 122 officers before the new fiscal year starts on July 1st.

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Comments (3)
  1. Zack Debarco says:

    Great Strategy!!! If those in the Sanctuary Community really mean what they say, about being behind the ICE targeting real criminals, then this is it! These urban terrorists are mostly targeting their own kind and so it is really a win-win for all of us if they are taken off the streets etc.

  2. B says:

    The Federal Givernment should with hold all funding to cities, counties and states, that do not help find ilegals. This is San Jose fault and the city governemnt should be held responsibile for letting this get as bad as it is. Union City now has to pay for a lawsuit the lost. Letting ilegals run loose, huts jobs, adds to social services, fills our schools, fills our jails and takes your tax money. Spend that money on the Border patrol. 66,000 students that have graduated from college (at your expense) should be deported. Otherwise they willl be taking jobs from you and your kids. They do not have a right to be in this country……………………..!!!!!!

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