By Sgt. John Robb
Over the last 10 years, the pressures on middle class families have greatly increased. The banking crisis, housing market collapse and recent economic problems in Europe have all contributed to a stagnant economy. This stagnation has forced many Americans to make hard economic decisions as they compete in an American economy where 99% of working class families continue to struggle.
Like most middle class Americans, police officers are not immune from the rising costs of food, gasoline, and children’s clothing. These rising costs have forced San Jose officers to make difficult employment decisions to provide for their families. Consequently, in the City of San Jose, officers continue to resign at a record pace as private sector and other police departments continue to offer better wages and benefits.