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Supervisor Joe Simitian proposes new reforms for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

Original post made on Jun 12, 2020

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian announced Friday a package of new policies aimed at curbing police violence and excessive use of force, calling it a necessary step in the wake of nationwide protests.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 12, 2020, 1:15 PM

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Posted by Karen
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 12, 2020 at 2:03 pm

It is interest to watch all the political movements happening so quick without any analyzing of data. I would hope these educated individuals would seek out data, talk to experts and really try to understand an issue. They may even find that those that are sending out calls for reform are just randomly sending out their message with no facts or details to all police departments and saying they are all using excessive force on citizens. The numbers that have been shown in the media recently of the use of force is really really really a low number in comparison to the amount of people police contact, a population or compared to actual arrest data. Kinda of a reserve bias really. So before enacting new requirements or legislative acts do like us engineers and scientists do. Purpose/Question, Research, Hypothesis, Design and preform. Data/Analysis, and form a Conclusion so the team can succeed. Also a key word in there.... TEAM

Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 12, 2020 at 2:35 pm

The Sheriff and those in her department will want to take a close look at the new rules proposed and comment in writing. A policy against using a choke hold, for example, might extend to a choke hold to secure an arrest but perhaps not properly to a choke hold used in self defense. Write the new rules carefully. Plus, how would violations of rules be detected and addressed? For example, when are sheriff personnel required to have and have ON body cams, how is the data preserved, who can access it and when?

Posted by roaksinri
a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm

"Simitian said the county has highly trained experts in the fields of social services and health care who are better suited to handle all of these incidents, and that "armed law enforcement" is not always the best option to respond to all emergencies. His request is that the county restructure its emergency response so that law enforcement is the backup -- not the first option -- in these incidents."

Really??? Who are these "Mental Health, Addiction, Domestic Abuse- Busters" (Who you gonna call? )? The State is broke and taking the County's money, the County is broke, COVID crisis is still alive and kicking with no vaccine in sight until possibly 2021....How the hell do you create programs, policies and protocols, recruit, hire and train and compensate, with a good living wage, personnel, seek and purchase equipment, vehicles, and workspace? And then your "Fail-Safe" is still the police? Social workers and counselors and peer supports are not interested nor necessarily qualified to be in being First Responders. There are too many knees jerking and the result is we are all getting kicking ourselves in the butt...

Posted by Do some research
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 12, 2020 at 3:53 pm

The Mobile Crisis response teams have already been in existence for over a year and should be the first line response for any mental health emergencies. LEO's should only be back-up.

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Posted by roaksinri
a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2020 at 3:58 pm

Sure MH crises only happen M-F from 8am to 8 pm, everyone knows that....

Posted by Korbin
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 12, 2020 at 4:25 pm

I am not sure “Mobile Crisis” personnel would go out there alone to an unknown situation. They most likely would assist those they already have a patient contact with. But are they going to go out to the person having a breakdown that is running through your complex naked, screaming, banging on all the doors, and is seeing everyone as a zombie and he is covered in ....

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