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San Jose PD Spending $1 Million on Body Cameras

Local media reports indicate the San Jose Police Department will join many other police departments in the nation by adopting body cameras. The department will begin field testing body cameras in the coming days. According to the San Jose Merc...
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Conflict Continues Over Funding of San Jose Police Department

The San Jose Police Department, which only a few years ago numbered 1,400 officers, is down to 1,000 and is losing officers quickly even as the city continues to grow and more officers are needed. Many are resigning because pensions have been c...
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Case Involving Google Executive and High-End Call Girl Comes to a Close

A Google executive was found dead on his yacht in Santa Cruz in November of 2013 of an apparent heroin overdose. Video surveillance and other evidence showed that he was not alone at the time of his death. Now Alix Tichelman, an alleged prostit...
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California SB 411 Reaffirms the Right to Record Police Activity

The ubiquity of handheld recording devices in phones has made recording of police activity more prevalent than ever. Video footage of Eric Garner's death in New York led to protest marches and calls for a criminal investigation into the police ...
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The Rights of Suspects must be Assured During Raids on San Jose Businesses

On Tuesday March 10, San Jose police, Santa Clara police, Santa Clara Sherriff's deputies and the FBI conducted an aggressive and dramatic raid on nearly a dozen restaurants and cafes that are suspected of hosting illegal gambling activities in...
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Kensington Police Chief Ousted for Mishandling of Scandal

Kensington Police Chief Greg Harman has succumbed to a bizarre scandal involving one of his officers, a pimp and a theft at a Reno hotel room.  The small Contra Costa County community will seek out a new police chief after the Kensington g...
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Audit Reveals Waste and Inefficiency in the California Judicial Council

In the midst of California's financial woes, are all public agencies being equally frugal? The answer seems to be "no."  The San Jose Mercury News reports that an audit has revealed poor oversight and waste within California's Judicial Cou...
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In Contrast to Other Cities in California, San Francisco sees Increase in Cri...

Violent crimes and property crimes have both ticked up this year when compared to last in San Francisco. The Los Angeles Times reports that San Francisco "saw more than 20% jumps in both the rate of property crime, such as thefts and burglary, ...
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California's Proposition 47 Reduces Many Felony Charges, Signals Early Releas...

Along with many other courts throughout the state, Santa Clara Superior Court is beginning to see cases in which prisoners convicted of certain felonies are having their sentences altered. Proposition 47, passed by a wide majority on N...
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San Jose Police, and the Public, Facing Serious Safety Issues

 The San Jose Mercury News reports that "The latest San Jose police academy was already considered weak with an announced roll call of 29" half of department need. But the academy class might now be referred to as "anemic, with news t...
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