San Jose – After A series of misconduct allegations against several San Jose police In recent weeks, Mayor Sam Licardo called on Thursday for better screening and background checks for police academy recruits and further investigations of existing officers.
Licardo said he was “angry” about allegations that a San Jose police officer was placed on administrative leave in December after he allegedly traded meth pipes to an informer in exchange for information. Sergeant Christian Camarillo confirmed the incident was under investigation, but did not disclose the officer’s name or details of the case, citing a personnel case. He said the alleged incident took place more than six months back.
Liccardo also called for criminal prosecution of the officer if the charges are found to be true, as well as better screening and background measures for those entering the police academy and increased surveillance of current police officers.
The mayor said at an afternoon news conference that he was “very concerned” that something could be “very seriously wrong” with how the police department screens potential candidates.
“We have to fix it,” he said. “I hope and I know that the Department is looking into this right now and over the next several days, we will be able to identify specific actionable steps that the Department will take to ensure that we do not get this kind of news again.” Don’t look.”
The department has faced several scandals in recent weeks regarding alleged substance abuse among officers.
San Jose Police Officer Matthew Dominguez, 32, was arrested Thursday and charged with indecent exposure after he was caught allegedly masturbating at a family home while he was answering a hoax call. He is on paid administrative leave from the Police Department. Dominguez has been in the military for four years.
Last week, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that San Jose Police Officer D’Jon Packer, who was found dead at his Milpitas home on March 13, had died of a fentanyl overdose. A coroner’s report revealed that he also had alcohol and marijuana in his system.
San Jose officials confirmed last week that they were investigating a police officer for allegedly being intoxicated in the line of duty – and were dealing with the kidnapping of a three-month-old baby. The child was found safe after less than 24 hours.
Following that incident, Liccardo called for increased drug and alcohol testing for all officers to be included in the city’s next contract with the Police Officers Association. He did not specify how often the universal test would happen or when it might be implemented. On Thursday, the Sangh has expressed its willingness to hold talks on the issue, he said. The current contract is set to expire on June 30; speaking terms.
On May 6, an off-duty police officer from San Jose was arrested Suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol before two cars collided in Hayward. The department confirmed that it was investigating the incident.
Licardo said in a prepared statement that the incidents were “drammed of serious crimes by young officers” that the cases do not represent the majority of the department’s officers. He said he knew the police chief was taking the incidents very seriously and that “we agree we have a lot of work to do.”
Police union president Sean Pritchard agreed with Licardo that the police department “needed to develop an action plan to address recent incidents that have discredited our department and also address any leadership deficiencies.” has done.”
“Part of any credible action plan should include a robust revamp of our existing recruitment and background processes and procedures,” Pritchard said in a statement. “We are in active dialogue with the city to strengthen our current randomized drug and alcohol testing in the hope of reaching an agreement quickly.”