When i hired on in 1976 i was ecstatic. I had applied to other agencies but SJPD was my dream. 29 years later i retired, forced out due to pain and lack of respect, coverage for my on the job, near-fatal injuries.
I've lost respect for the mayor and council; i only feel sorry for you. Politics turns the souls of those involved sour.
I'll pray for you, but I doubt the council will be struck with lighting of common sense. YES, finances MUST be improved; adjustments made, but with respect and truth.
I doubt you read this Mr. Liccardo.
Wow, you sure did your homework!! Very nice job!
I really wish we had a Mayor who cared about City employees. I love how the County of Santa Clara worked with their employees. David Cortese also made a huge difference. Check out this article. You can copy the link and place in your browser.
The Merky News won't report this information. They have their collective heads so far up Reed, Licardo and Constant's asses that they will never even see this information.
OMG! What are these "leaders" thinking- and how and why did we get them to the position of doing the "thinking"? The city government is becoming shameful.
Once again, real numbers and real talk from the SJPOA. Thank you Jim for staying the course and letting the public know how this really works. I just hope the San Jose mercury will print your articles.....
THANK YOU for the common sense math!
Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to the San Jose Police Department and the POA. You are carrying out your duties and responsibilities in a clear & concise fashion attempting to keep everyone informed. You are doing this in the toughest times since the inception of the POA. I commend you for your leadership during these tough times. Keep up the good work!
Hence the name Johnny Shamis.
This coming January 2014 i will have been retired 7 years. When i left we had a responsive Police Dept who cared very much about the citizens who live and work in our city. Reed and several of the Councilmembers have destroyed what i once represented and loved. They have done this in only six years. It will take 2 to 3 generations of police to get it back to what is was when i left and thats a MAYBE. I once stated in an open City Council meeting that by the path they were taking we will lose our grip on this city. Once that happens may never get it back. Much like Oakland and other mismanaged cities. Im glad i left and didnt stick around to be Deputy Chief. I was number 1 on the DC list and it makes me sick to see what has happened
Well stated Officer Unland. Another critical issue that exists well beyond the base numbers is the loss of veteran officers and their expertise. A newly hired officer will take approximately one year to fill a vacancy, at least on paper. That same officer will take many more years to develop the experience, instinct, knowledge, and sense of anticipation before they can even begin to fill the boots of the veteran officers that the department has lost.
The loss of these veteran officers has a direct impact on the department as well as their ability to effectively police the city. They can never be replaced. Leaving for other agencies and early retirements creates a void in leadership. That experience and presence will not be there to mentor and develop the next generation.
Additionally, it represents an incredible waste of the time, energy, and financial investment that it took to develop that level of expertise and proficiency. Our city leaders and elected officials have failed to demonstrate the foresight and ability to manage our public safety efforts. They underestimated the impact these layoffs and budget cuts would have on crime, general public safety, and overall peace of mind. Their priorities were off. Way off. And now the citizens of San Jose are paying the price. They can veil their intentions and blame others, but we voters are not stupid and we will not forget. For the men and women of the San Jose Police Department, please take heart and keep the faith. The law abiding and proud citizens of San Jose stand behind you.