SJPOA Membership Votes Not to Proceed with No Confidence Vote Against Chief of Police
Today, the San Jose Police Officers' Association entertained a motion from one of its members recommending a vote of no confidence against Chief Chris Moore. The motion did not pass. The fact that the POA did not pass a vote of no confidence at this time should not be misinterpreted as a vote of confidence in the Chief or the politicians at City Hall.
"With crime soaring in San Jose, officers leaving in droves and the safety of officers and the residents we protect placed in daily peril, it should come as no surprise that one of our members recommended a vote of no confidence against Chief Chris Moore", said San Jose Police Officers' Association President Jim Unland.
Many of San Jose's patrol beats regularly go unfilled and those that are filled are at only half-strength. Without officers working on their days off, the situation would be worse.
"Recently, the Department has lost over 100 officers to other departments with many more in the process of leaving. Staffing has shrunk from 1403 in 2008 to 1060 today resulting in the elimination of the dedicated gang suppression unit, the Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, the Vice Unit and now the Fraud/Burglary Unit and two motors/traffic teams are on the chopping block", said Unland.
"This weekend in San Jose's Evergreen neighborhoods there was another shooting. In that area alone, burglaries have increased this year by 146% over last year. City hall has failed the community and POA members are frustrated by the Chief's seeming inability to vigorously speak out against the continued erosion of the staffing, safety and morale of the San Jose Police Department," POA Board Member Officer Howard Johnson.