SAN JOSE (KCBS)— It appears that cops in San Jose have nearly stopped policing themselves. Compared to previous years, far fewer San Jose police officers are tipping off supervisors to misbehaving colleagues.
Last year only one percent of the force was investigated based on tips from fellow officers, according to the San Jose Police Department.
However, at the same time complaints from the community are on the rise. Last year residents filed more misconduct allegations in the previous four years.
Robert Weisberg, a Stanford Law Professor and criminal justice expert, said the two numbers can be related.
“It could be officers are being complained about too much by citizens. So a little cutback by the officers themselves as if to kind of level the field a little,” he explained.
Police said that complaints are possibly down because cops are simply behaving better and they point to new training programs that may have improved officer conduct.
At next week’s City Council meeting law enforcement can expect some tough questions.