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  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    I am the President of the Contra Costa Deputy Sheriff's Association. We are very sympathetic to your situation. For more than a decade our members have contributed between 15-22% of their monthly income to their pensions, In addition to paying nearly 15% of the medical premiums. To add insult to injury, we are the lowest paid SO in the bay area. As a result, we have seen countless quality deputies leave to other agencies who have higher salaries and lower pension costs. Our staffing levels have taken major hits as deputies leave or take early retirement. We pump new hires through our academy, get them trained, and watch them leave. It is sad because our department is a great place to work. The fact is, employers need to be competitive in order to attract and retain quality employees. On the other hand there needs to be a balance to prevent costs from ballooning out of control. How that balance is struck is a matter of great debate. We wish you all the best as we have been living your nightmare for years..

    Stay safe,
    Ken Westermann

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    I am a resident of San Jose and would like to know what I can do to help. Of course I will pray, but is there something I should sign, or someone I should write to? I just want to make sure I do whatever I can to help. Thanks so much

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    I agree with all of you. What we need to do is get this information out to the public. Link this to your Facebook send It around to all your contacts on your email list & ask them to share w/ others. Share your views w/ the community, tell them what they were not told during the elections.

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Get rit of the current management as they have failed. In oakland, even the mayor's exclusive neighborhood has to pay private security for protection.
    Keep the faith brothers and sisters. Jim Horne Retired OPD

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Come to Lake County, I bet we have got you beat where corrupt is concerned! It's happening all over! Never stop questioning why!

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    I Feel Bad For The Folks Still (Doing It ). My PD Was The Best In The World And The City Council Has Trashed It. I Loved My Job And Was Proud To Be A Member Of The Best, I Still Am. When I Was Forced To Retire In 2001, It Was Still A Great Place To Work And Still Drawing Youngsters. The Youngsters Are Still Hitting The Bricks Every Day While The City Council Is Attending "Constituent Outreaches" Aka "Hospitality Rooms" At The Citizens Expense And At Dangerously Low Staffing Levels Throughout The Police Complex. Experience Is Leaving To Keep Their Families Safe. I Realize This A Policy For City Government, But Do It At Your Own Expense, I Did. I Came On In 1972 With A Promise Of Good Bennies And A Good Retirement Package Upon Completing My Career. It Should Be The Same For Everyone Else At The PD And The City. I Am A Member Of The POA. I Think The Citizens Of San Jose Should Raise Up To This Crap And Let The City Council Know That They Are Pissed. Warmest Regards.

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Damian I couldn't agree with you more, it's sad to see the experienced officers and dispatchers leave the once great department we had. As I reflect back on my brief 28 plus years I spent working for SJPD, I would like to commend the remaining men and women still trying their best to serve to city they swore to protect as they have it much harder now than us retirees that remember the battles for our security in the 70's the staffing shortages of the 80's the industry boom of the silicon valley of the 90's when the city taxed the businesses out of the valley, which now takes away their tax base which affects the citizens we swore to serve, which would have provided a fair rate of compensation for the employees of San Jose. So when these citizens that voted for Measure B, that drank the kool-aid the mayor and some city council members fed them, you have to ask these citizens, "tell me about your worst day at work", let me see, your printer ran out of ink, your students didn't pass their test, the library didn't have the book you wanted, your city bus ran out of gas, so on and so, now tell them about your worst day at work. I know I could come up with some of mine, but I won't reflect on them here. As for me, I commend those that remain, but I will admit I'm done with California, it's time to leave. The damage the mayor has done will be his legacy long after he's gone and it will be at the citizens expense.

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    The mayors number 1 priority is building a ball park at watever the cost to the citizens of this city. He cares very little about public safety. Actions speak louder than words mr mayor.

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Excellent article and it clearly explains the reason behind all of the recent crime/robberies in our area. We pay a lot in tax dollars to live here and we love our neighborhood; in an effort to speak out - what's the next step - how can we plain old (tax paying) citizens in the community get our opinions heard? (Because I feel pretty helpless).

  • Re: How Do We Stop the SJPD Exodus?

      Posted: 5 years 28 weeks ago

    I left in 2010. I wanted to stay til 2015. But I could not afford the cuts to pay. I have been in city government for over 30 years and this is most corrupt city government I have ever seen.