SAN JOSE (KCBS)— The San Jose police staffing shortage isn’t going to be resolved anytime soon according to a new memo from the acting police chief to city leaders. Officers have been leaving in droves since a 10 percent pay cut was instituted in 2012.
Acting San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel warned that it’ll take two years for the force to reach full staffing. He said the full compliment of street-ready cops won’t be reached until the summer of 2015.
Police union board member James Gonzales said the fact is that they don’t have enough officers to keep up with the crime of San Jose.
“This memo from the chief directly contradicts the rosy outlook the mayor has been painting of public safety in San Jose,” he said.