Four police officers announced this week they plan to turn
in their badges and leave the department. Many more are expected to follow this
suit. The City of San Jose’s department of
retirement services released a memo stating, “186 San Jose police officers will be eligible for
retirement in the next two years…” This can potentially cut the police force to
unprecedented and have alarming low staffing levels. The police union said more
than 25 officers have resigned from the department this year. The controversial
Measure B pension reform measure that was approved by voters in 2012, calls for
city workers to contribute 16 percent more of their pay to retirement costs beginning
next year. Mayor Reed called the departures of SJPD officers, a Scare Tactic.
Can residents of San Jose
really think this is a Scare Tactic??? I highly doubt that, residents need to
pay attention to the current departing officers already in San Jose. They've delivered a clear message
that's easy to understand.
Our community, neighborhoods and residents are the ones who
suffer most with the consequences of reduced public safety. As a community
outreach director for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52, I ask myself and
the community, "What would you do if you were an San Jose Police
"Unfortunately, it's not shocking, but it's very
disturbing," city councilman Ash Kalra said. "I think it's something
all residents of San Jose
should know about."
I agree with Councilman Ash Kalra, we do need to better
understand what is going on and how this is going to effect San Jose if we are
to loose more officers. The battle between city hall and the police union will
continue but we as voters can make a change hoping to improve the way our city
issues are being handled. We can’t loose more officers and we need to find away
to keep the ones we do have. This by far is not a scare tactic and we need to
improve the quality of life for or City and the ones that serve our
community. How many more officers
turning in their badges will it take for the voters to wake up and see this is
not a scare tactic?