Priority 2 Calls for Service Must Be Made a Priority - By Sgt. John Robb

Most large metropolitan police departments categorize their calls for service into several categories.  They do this to prioritize the calls for service and more properly dispatch officers to citizen’s calls for help. In San Jose we use three primary categories. 


While Priority 1 calls are responded to almost immediately, the dark horse in the room has become our response times to Priority 2 calls.  Those calls have an average response time often exceeding twenty minutes (the Department’s goal is 11 minutes). Often these calls can be found pending for hours due to insufficient staffing and high calls for service volume.  In a city of over one million people, San Jose now has only 450 officers regularly assigned to work patrol (down from 600).  Overtime, which is often mandatory, attempts to fill the gap but with over two thousand hours of overtime being worked by patrol officers per week, fatigue is now a problem.


San Jose Agrees To Stop Further Implementation of Measure B Until July 1, 2015


Attempted implementation is destroying City services, legal issues compounding due to poorly authored measure


SAN JOSE, CA - Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas has signed a stipulated order, agreed upon by all parties, that prevents any further implementation of San Jose's divisive pension reform measure until at least July 1, 2015.


"This is a clear admission by the city of the detrimental and insurmountable issues with Measure B.  We have been, and are, willing to implement legal pension cost savings so that services can be restored. It was unfortunate that Mayor Reed and his council majority chose to champion the unlawful, uncompetitive and unmanageable Measure B," said Joel Phelan, President of San Jose Firefighters, IAFF Local 230.  "Firefighters, police officers, maintenance supervisors, architects and engineers have been waiting for the city to come to its senses and honestly negotiate instead of playing politics, and that day may finally be near," Phelan added.


Honoring Fallen San Jose Police Officer John Buck

April 5th, we remember fallen San Jose Police Officer John Buck. On this date in 1933, Officer Buck succumbed to injuries he received in a gun battle.


Below is the department's official account of Officer Buck's story.


Dave Cortese for Mayor

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SJ Mayoral Poll Shows Cortese In The Lead

San Jose Mayoral Race Poll


Cortese Leads/Positioned to Break Ahead of Pack


EMC Research is releasing the results of a scientific public opinion survey of 407 likely June 2014 San Jose primary voters. The results show that Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese leads and is in a strong position to break ahead of the pack. The poll was conducted the week of February 17th. The "horse-race" match-up today:


What’s in a Word? When It Comes to Chuck Reed’s Pension Reform, Plenty

The following article was published on www.publicceo.com on February 3, 2014:


What’s in a Word? When It Comes to Chuck Reed’s Pension Reform, Plenty


By Jim Unland, President, San Jose Police Officers’ Association


San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed announced last week that he planned to file a lawsuit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris over the title and summary for his proposed measure to enable elected officials to reduce the retirement benefits of teachers, firefighters, police officers, school bus drivers and other public employees


The reason, Reed says, is that the Attorney General used the word “eliminate” in describing his proposal to end the vested benefit rights of public employees.


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