San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has asked that the city council appoint a special investigator as well as a U.S. attorney to look into the alleged comments made by the head of the police officers’ union to a police academy class during their orientation.
San Jose’s police department has only filled 29 of 60 slots in next month’s police academy. Mayor Chuck Reed is calling the recruitment efforts unsuccessful.
After being at odds for almost a year, the City of San Jose will make a new contract offer to the city’s police officers’ union next week with a federal mediator involved.
This comes as the police department is struggling to retain officers, amid cuts in pay and pension benefits.
San Jose’s police union is shooting down the latest contract offer from the city, presented Thursday.
The San Jose Police Officers Association is asking for a 16 percent raise over the next three years, in part to keep officers in the department.
Leaders of the police and fire unions have filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
There are growing concerns following yet another homicide in the city on Tuesday night, the 31st so far this year.
Rising pension costs are decimating essential city services, according to a grand jury report issued Wednesday.
The San Jose Police Department does not adequately monitor uniformed security work performed by off-duty police officers, according to a recent audit.