SAN JOSE (KCBS)— San Jose’s depleted police department held a promotion ceremony for 17 members this past week.

Two new deputy chiefs and two new captains were honored in the force that has been affected by a record number retirements in the last two years as well as layoffs.

San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore said over 300 sworn positions have been lost.

“When you lose that many, you also lose command staff positions and you’re not able to fill sergeants, captains, lieutenants and deputy chief’s positions,” said Moore.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

The chief said those slots are now able to be filled by staff that has been on the force for a long time and that are committed to leadership positions within the organization.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed was on hand and said promotions ceremonies are “always fun”.

“It’s good to have people stepping up to take the lead in this department to help carry it forward as we rebuild the department,” said Reed.

He said they’re the ones responsible for making sure the department does well and will carry out the highest standards.

“These are the people that are going to make it happen,” he said.

The current staffing level has not been seen since the early 1980’s when San Jose was a much smaller city.

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Comments (7)
  1. Ralph Gamez says:

    Why not get to the point. Giving raises to the police when the rest of us folks are still losing our houses and while our kids in San Jose go to bed hungry. The quantity of the police is down why not mention the quality? It’s the worse I’ve ever known.

    1. Justin says:


      Go to college and your kids will not go hungry… A recent study showed that if you graduate high school and get married before having kids, there is only a 2% chance that you will be below the poverty line. Please don’t rant on “kids going hungry” type statements like a communist justifying the spreading of wealth. Work hard and you will succeed…

  2. unknown says:

    Why do you and others keep moving hear the grass is not greener hear

  3. tn says:

    And all the while, Oakland’s PD is still, well, you know…

  4. Marvin says:

    If you think the quality and quanity is bad wait until the voters make the changes to the retirement structure in the upcomming ballot measure. You will see a mass exodus from the PD which will cause the standards to fall nd not having the best of the best protecting our city. It is all doomed to get worst.

  5. whatever says:

    lol. i see a lot of paranoid white people. san jose is not even a real city. the crime there is sissy crime compared to the rest of the bay. Its a police state down there. The police only police specific area’s while the more afluent area’s go uncheck. but that’s where most of the drugs and crime is happening…not the poorer areas.
    for the record most of these cops live in the rich areas….why snitch on yourself?

  6. Resident says:

    Mayor Reed has bankrolled 4m so he can break the retirement system. Over-promise, Under-Deliver, just like the rest of SJ’s predecessors. Villainize the Police, Fire, Water Dist, Teachers, Non-Profits, Students, Workers, Residents…
    I haven’t met an Officer or Fireman lately that hasn’t either lost their home or had to moonlight to keep a roof over their family’s heads.

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