San Jose Police Department

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San Jose Police Department
Abbreviation SJPD
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Patch of the San Jose Police Department
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Logo of the San Jose Police Department
Agency overview
Formed 1849
Annual budget $285 million
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of California, USA
Size 178.2 square miles (462 km2)
Population 1,025,350
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters 201 W. Mission Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Sworn members 959 Officers
Unsworn members 370 Civilian
Agency executive Edgardo (Eddie) Garcia, Chief
Stations 2
Airbases 1
Helicopters 1
Fixed Wings 1
San Jose Police website
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The San Jose Police Department (SJPD) is the police agency for San Jose, California, which has contributed to San Jose being one of the safest large cities in the United States.[1] The San Jose Police Department is led by Chief of Police Edgardo (Eddie) Garcia.

In September 2007, the San Jose Police Department began making all its Calls for Service available to the public [2] through a partnership with Crime[3] San Jose is the first American city to make all 911 calls available via online "" maps. The 911 call data is updated daily.


The San Jose Police Department was founded in 1849. During its beginnings, the most common offenses recorded for the department were public intoxication and vagrancy, according to old jailhouse records.[citation needed] In 1880, the department was averaging 120 arrests per month, and the position of police chief was created. The chief also acted as the superintendent of the city jail, and by the late 1880s, the department had gone from 10 officers to 25. In the early 1905s,[clarification needed] as the SJPD grew, more rules and regulations were instituted regarding police officers. Officers now needed to go through field training and revolver training.

The department, along with many others in the nation, changed with the introduction of the automobile and the advent of motorcycle units. The motorcycle unit mainly cited people for speeding and other traffic violations. San Jose was one of the first places to use radio and phone technology to help officers perform their duties.[citation needed] In 1925, the city council released the first rules and regulations manual. It was the precursor to the duty manual that the department currently uses. The San Jose Police Academy first started out as a police college for aspiring officers to earn four year bachelor's degrees with an emphasis on criminal justice. Men made up the entire police force up until 1945, when Ida Waalkes became the first female to be a sworn officer with the San Jose Police Department.[citation needed]

Community policing began to be used by the department in the early 1990s, as specific geographic areas were mapped out and assigned. This enabled officers to get to know the people and communities they patrolled, and is partially credited for keeping San Jose one of the safest large cities in America.[4]

Uniform and equipment[edit]

The uniform of the department consists of a dark navy blue shirt for sworn officers, and a light blue or white shirt for differing civilian classifications. On the left side of the chest is worn the departmental badge, or a patch replica on certain items. The badge of a sworn police officer is a silver seven-point star reading "San Jose Police", the officer's rank, and badge number. Gold-colored badges are issued to higher ranking police officers. Civilian staff are issued eagle-top or oval shaped shields depending on classification. The San Jose Police Department patch is worn on both sleeves, with a rocker denoting classification for civilian staff. Pants are regular navy blue uniform trousers with white piping running down the side of the leg.

Weapons and equipment[edit]

The San Jose Police Departments officers normally carry tasers. The standard taser for the department was recently upgraded and is the TASER(R) X26P(TM) Smart Weapon.[5] Officers are issued OC Spray, handcuffs, a baton, flashlight plus a handgun and two spare magazines. In 2013 the department changed the standard issue, semi-automatic handgun from SIG Sauer to Glock. Squad cars are normally armed with shotguns and officers are allowed to purchase patrol rifles, which must be signed off by the chief for the officer to obtain the right to purchase and possess such weapons. An officer is also required to go on a four-day course. The officers must purchase these weapons with their own money, they are allowed to bring them home and use them for personal/recreational use.[6]

In mid-2014, the department returned a mine-resistant military vehicle to the federal government.[7]

Mission statement[edit]

  • Promote public safety
  • Prevent, suppress, and investigate crimes
  • Provide emergency and non-emergency services
  • Create and maintain strong community partnerships
  • Adapt a multidisciplinary approach to solving community problems
  • Develop and promote a diverse, professional workforce

Department Chain of Command (Office of the Chief of Police)[edit]


  • Chief of Police Edgardo (Eddie) Garcia
  • Assistant Chief of Police Dave Knopf
  • Deputy Chief Michael Knox, Bureau of Administration
  • Deputy Chief Anthony Mata, Bureau of Field Operations
  • Deputy Chief Shawny Williams, Bureau of Investigations
  • Deputy Chief Jeff Marozick, Bureau of Technical Services

Police divisions[edit]

  • Foothill Division[9]
  • Western Division[10]
  • Southern Division[11]
  • Central Division[12]


In 2014, the department had been found to be using high tech cellphone spying systems. Commonly referred to as "Stingrays", it is often said they bear the appearance of regular cell phone towers, but instead pick up and record cell phone data. It was shown that the federal government gave the department a $500,000 grant for the technology. The SJPD spokesperson refused to comment on the situation.[13]

In July 2003, Cau Bich Tran was shot and killed in her kitchen by a SJPD officer after brandishing a 10-inch vegetable peeler that resembled a meat cleaver. After threatening her family with the implement she was shot. The incident led to controversy among San Jose's Vietnamese community. In 2005, the city of San Jose settled the Tran family's lawsuit for $1.8 million.[14]

The week before Halloween 2011, a 27-year-old highly intoxicated man armed with a gun (later determined to be a toy gun) was shot over 20 times by four SJPD officers and wounded after he refused to follow officers commands and grabbed the gun. He was dressed as a surgeon and had a toy gun in his waistband. In 2013, the city settled a lawsuit for $4.95 million, the largest settlement in San Jose involving police conduct. There was never any controversy regarding this event. [15]

In March 2014, Officer Geoffrey Graves was accused of raping a woman. He turned himself into Santa Clara County Jail and was arraigned on March 24.[16]

In December 2014, SJPD officer Phillip White made statements on Twitter that he would kill people who would threaten him and his family and that he would be carrying a gun while off duty at movie theaters, in response to protests of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. White was subsequently placed on administrative leave. The San Jose Police Association have condemned the comments.[17] In January 2015, prosecutors declined to file charges against White.[18]


Rank Insignia
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Assistant Chief 3 Gold Stars.svg
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Captain Captain insignia gold.svg
Lieutenant US-O1 insignia.svg
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Officer N/A

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the San Jose Police Department, 13 officers have died while on duty.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City Crime Rankings by Population". Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Crime Reports : Map". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Crime Reports : Map". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  4. ^ "History of the San Jose Police Department". YouTube. 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  5. ^ "San Jose Police Department Upgrades 590 TASER X26P Smart Weapons - Yahoo Finance". 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  6. ^ "Should Calif. Cops Turn In Assault Weapons They Own At Retirement? « CBS San Francisco". 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  7. ^ an Jose Police to Return Military-Grade Armored Vehicle By Jennifer Wadsworth, 29 August 2014, San Jose Inside
  8. ^ "Department Information". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  9. ^ "Foothill Division". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  10. ^ "Western Division". 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  11. ^ "Southern Division". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  12. ^ "Central Division". 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  13. ^ Wadsworth, Jennifer (2014-03-20). "SJPD Bought Controversial Cellphone Spying Technology". San Jose Inside. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  14. ^ "SAN JOSE / $1.8 million settlement in killing by police officer / 4-foot-9-inch troubled mother fatally shot in kitchen while holding a vegetable peeler". SFGate. 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  15. ^ "San Jose to pay nearly $5 million for shooting man with toy gun - San Jose Mercury News". 2011-10-23. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  16. ^ "San Jose police officer charged with rape - San Jose Mercury News". 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  17. ^ San Jose cop suspended for Twitter threat to protesters, CBC News, December 16, 2014.
  18. ^ "SJPD officer wont face charges for controversial tweets". 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  19. ^ "San Jose Police Department, California, Fallen Officers". Retrieved 2015-07-16. 

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