One has to ponder the thought process of why our
law makers are always trying to dilute our system of laws. Over the last
20 years we have had a significant drop in violent crimes of murder and
robbery, for example. What occurred? Do you remember the term
"tough on crime?" Incarceration
and longer sentences has been one answer. The three strikes law also kept our
communities safer. Current trends in crime statistics may be changing. Enacting laws to make our communities less
safe leaves us bewildered and questioning the logic of such a move.
Our President of FOP Lodge 52 andRetired Sgt. Robert
Lopez (SJPD) was Challenged
(click to view) by Ryan Welch and Richard
Calderon to complete Officer Down Memorial Ice Bucket challenge. What is
the Officer Memorial Down Ice Challenge? Officers have called out other
officers of their choosing to Donate $100 dollars to the cause, or get a bucket
of ice water poured on them while being recorded on video and then donate $10
to the cause within 48 hours, if they don’t take the challenge in 48 hours.
06/04/2014 04:07:04 PM PDT- UPDATED: 17 DAYS AGO
JOSE -- The House
of Campos took a hit on the east side and a cop rose from obscurity to the top
in downtown. Election Day produced some surprising results in the races for
City Council, setting up run-offs in November that could shift the balance of
power at City Hall.
"Will the council stay
center-right?" asked Larry Gerston, a political expert at San Jose State University.
"There's a possibility the council could tilt to the left.
Special to the Mercury News
We support Dave Cortese for mayor of San Jose, and we'd like to tell you why. As former chiefs of the San Jose Police Department, we understand all too well the dire straits in which our department currently finds itself.We didn't just lose 400 officers over the last six years. We lost literally centuries of police experience that will be difficult to replace -- patrol officers who knew the community, detectives with thousands of closed cases under their belts and future leaders groomed to take leadership roles.
It is the season of political
races with campaigns, debates, forums, and swaying the people for votes in
choosing the right leaders to run our city.
Recently I assisted with a Mayoral Forum in San Jose’s District 1,
hosted by the D1Leadership Group and Council Member Pete Constant’s Office. The
event was not only entertaining for a forum but a huge success with over 410
people in attendance from the community.
It is impressive to me that, in this Mayoral Race, all the candidates
chose to share the stage with their opponents time and time again, in many
community groups throughout San Jose.
On March 17, 2014, a Superior Court judge rejected Mayor Chuck Reed’s challenge to the Attorney General’s summary of his “Pension Reform Act of 2014.” Reed claimed the first sentence of Attorney General Kamala D. Harris’s summary was false, partial, and argumentative. The Court analyzed the Attorney General’s sentence word-by-word, and found it was not false, misleading, or partial in any way.
Attorney generals summarize each ballot initiative for voters in 100 words or less.
SAN JOSE, Calif. —
Less than half of the available San Jose police academy spots have been filled – a number called ‘disappointing’ by the city’s police union.Of the 60 spots in the incoming class only 29 were filled when the final pool of 58 applicants was processed by the hiring board on Tuesday night.
Deputy Chief Dave Knopf told that in the past the department would get around 1300 applications to go through the written and physical tests for each class. For this class, the agency had just 750.
This past week I was in San Diego at a summit that was co-sponsored by the ALADS (Los Angles Deputy Sheriffs’ Association) and the Fraternal Order of Police. Also in attendance were representatives from Los Angles Police, National State Troopers, and International Brotherhood of Police.
I was happy to see Large and small agencies present to talk about the problems facing Law Enforcement today. I felt that the tide may be turning as more agencies realize that we need put forth a united front.
years ago, I came across an article which, among other things, described the
choice to pursue a life of crime as a rational one. Essentially, they perform
some sort of mental calculus in which they determine that the benefits
(monetary, prestige, etc.) of committing a particular crime (i.e. dealing
drugs) outweighs the risks and possible consequences of getting caught. The
corollary to this is that the rest of us perform the same kinds of calculus
albeit with different decisions and outcomes.