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April 22, 2014 > Supervisors support Cortese proposal to help San Jose Police Department

Supervisors support Cortese proposal to help San Jose Police Department

Submitted By Janice Rombeck

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on April 15 to support Supervisor Dave CorteseÕs proposal to offer temporary law enforcement services from the SheriffÕs Department to San Jose while the City works to fill a large number of vacancies in the police department. An analysis from the SheriffÕs Office of how this agreement could work will be considered by the board for action at its April 29 meeting. The analysis will include:

?The number of sheriffÕs officers that could be available to the City of San Jose while still maintaining services to Cupertino, Saratoga and Los Altos Hills, as well as to Valley Transportation Authority, County Parks, Superior Court and Stanford University.
?Any costs to the County that could result in a temporary agreement.
?The schedules of upcoming SheriffÕs Academies and the number of students enrolled.
?Other resources from the SheriffÕs Office that might be needed to provide temporary help, such as vehicles, fuel, weapons and other equipment or perhaps help with investigations and evidence storage.
?A timeline of when SheriffÕs officers could be available under a temporary agreement.

Cortese proposed the action because San Jose is facing a critical need to increase the number of officers in its police force, which has dropped from 1,400 officers to about 900 active duty officers in six years. San Jose has also been unable to fill its police academies with enough qualified applicants. A smaller San Jose police force has increased emergency response times from 11 minutes to 20 minutes for the most urgent calls, and has forced the department to eliminate some units, including the burglary unit.

ÒI believe our SheriffÕs officers could increase neighborhood patrols to help prevent home burglaries and assist in catching and locking up neighborhood criminals,Ó Cortese said.

For more information, contact the Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese at (408) 299-5030.

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