San Jose Police Staffing Levels Called Into Question

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A recent rash of homicides has many concerned residents in San Jose questioning cutbacks within the police department.

17 of the 39 homicides this year have been gang-related. And with 300 fewer officers than four years ago, San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore said resources are being stretched thin.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“We’re at rock bottom. We’re at 1,100 (officers) and that’s as low as I would ever want to see us go,” Moore said. “We should probably have closer to 2,000, but realistically and financially, that’s not in the cards. I understand that, my council understands that and my mayor understands that.”

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said it’s a myth that police cutbacks have led to more crime in the city.

“If you look at the aggregate crime data, violent crimes are about the same as they were last year. Property crimes are also down,” said Reed. “That doesn’t mean that we don’t need more officers because we do. We need to have more officers to do the things that we want them to do.”

But city officials do know that another expected budget shortfall next year could lead to more layoffs within the police department.

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  • Katie Myers

    how about the police department stops getting their paddy wagons and cars detailed at AJ auto detailing?!?! that will save some money right there! here take this sponge and bucket of soapy water and wash your vehicles yourselves.

    • Brian

      Your a moron, the department has a 1970’s soapless automated carwash that cops take their cars through before shift so their old cars look clean. Go on a ride along you out of tune fool.

  • Lisa Chu Biakanja

    Of course Reed disagrees. He is transparently anti-union. The police and fire untions submitted several solutions which either met or exceeded city bugetary requirements, but they were rejected – why? The only answer is that Reed does not really want to reduce the police/fire budget but to dismantle the unions.

    I think that police officers have better things to do with their time than hand-wash their cars. I really don’t want my tax dollars paying for that. I definitely don’t want to compromise my city safety so that the officers in charge of patrolling my block can take a car-washing break. That is a truly idiotic statement.

  • WHOA

    How about the police officers taking pay cuts and reduction in benefits and retitrement like everyone else in the real world who doesn’t work for the system.
    Public entities and government agencies are growing while the private sector is declining and hurting. If private industry cannot contribute to the Public then the math doesn’t add up. Wake up people. It is simple math. Everyone can’t work for the governemnts of Federal, State or locally. Who will pay the bills. You cant just keep printing money folks!!!!!!!. Private industry has to grow in order for the government to grow, We are already behind the 8-Ball. It’s called debt. A police officers average wage needs to be about 30-40% less to accomodate the needs of society. With more and more people being unemployed there will be more people willing to work for that wage. Too bad the unions are preventi ng the Math from working.

    • Brian

      Try doing your homework smartypants. Police officers have continued to take cuts despite what you hear. For starters this year they took a 10% cut and contributed more towards their retirement system. Do you wonder what was given back last year. News says nothing, go and ask how much. When the private sector was reaping in profits hand over fist and collecting stock options, 401k matching 2-1, perks up the ying yang guess what. We didn’t worry bout the public sector. Now that the pipe dream is over and the conservative way to make a living is actually sustainable and stable we want to attack it. Please everyone WAKE UP!

    • Brian

      Oh and last i checked COPS aren’t making over 200k. otherwise they’d all be driving Mercedes, Porsche Turbos and plenty of exotic cars or mansions. I have several friends who are in law enforcement/fire department and guess what, I see normal cars and normal people.

  • DaPoPoMan

    San Jose is the 10th largest city in the United States. San Jose has the 32nd largest police force. Sounds like they are doing a great job and are working very efficiently with what they have to me.

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