Cash-Strapped San Jose Police Won’t Respond To Low-Priority Calls

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Deep cuts to the San Jose Police Department budget are forcing the cash-strapped agency to make major changes to its response policy.

As a result of police officer layoffs, anonymous noise complaints, burglar alarms and non-injury car crashes will now fall under the category of ‘non-response.’

San Jose Police spokesman Jose Garcia said the department wants to get the word out as soon as possible so residents know exactly what service reductions to expect.

“To avoid frustration on the community’s part, we’d just rather say look, these are the type of calls we will not be responding to because of the staffing levels,” said Garcia

KCBS’ Matt Bigler:

Garcia said the police department also will transfer some emergency calls to other city departments.

“If the responsibility falls under a different department, and it’s not a danger or hazard to the community, we may just refer them back to that appropriate department to handle and investigate,” he said.

Last month, the city of San Jose laid off 66 police officers as a result of a multi-million dollar budget deficit.

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  1. cops are panseys says:

    This is BS, the police are sworn to uphold the law, Budget cuts or not they must do the job they were sworn to do.

  2. Roxy Jimenez says:

    now i can see people taking the law into their own hands if the police don’t respond…. and then law suits over these actions against the city of san jose and the police department..

  3. R~ says:

    Read the article… anonymous noise complaints, burglary alarms (more noise) and non-injury accidents… there is no “upholding the law” in there. If the reporting parting wants to be anonymous and doesn’t want to be involved in filing a complaint then sorry. Non-injury accidents.. get out of traffic.. exchange info and contact your insurance company… you should have insurance if you’re driving… if it’s something else.. they respond. If a business pays for an alarm company service, then the alarm company should be responding. If it turns out to be something other than noise only.. they respond. Or better yet… get rid of the mayor and his city council and get some people in there who care about public safety instead of their “Tajma City Hall” and spend the money where it’s crucial. then you can have officers to respond to your calls.

  4. Edward Tseng says:

    Bring troops back, train and put them on our own streets.

    1. Mike says:

      Perfection right there.

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