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NCJ Number: 69489 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS IN SAN JOSE (CA) - A STAFF REPORT OF THE WESTERN REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Author(s): T V PILLA
Corporate Author: US Cmssn on Civil Rights
United States of America
Editor(s): S E JAMES
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Cmssn on Civil Rights
Washington, DC 20425
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT CHRONICLES THE ATTEMPT OF THE CITY OF SAN JOSE (CALIF.) TO IMPROVE POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND SUMMARIZES THE 3-YEAR STUDY OF SAN JOSE'S POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS BY THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION.
Abstract: IN 1976, SAN JOSE MINORITY COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES ALLEGED THAT LAW OFFICERS USED ABUSIVE AND THREATENING LANGUAGE, THREATS OF ARREST IF INDIVIDUALS COMPLAINED, AND DEADLY FORCE. OFTEN THE VICTIMS WERE THE CITY'S MINORITIES. FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM CITY OFFICIALS, STAFF OF THE WEST REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION MONITORED POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS BEGINNING IN 1976. STAFF INTERVIEWED CITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, CLERGY, REPRESENTATIVES OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AGENCIES, POLICE OFFICERS, ATTORNEYS, AND MINORITY COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES. BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF CONCERNED CITY OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES, A CHANGE IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT WAS EFFECTED AND CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE ACCELERATED. A RECOGNIZABLE AND DEFINABLE POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS PROGRAM WAS INSTITUTED AND ADMINISTRATIVE EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON POLICE COURTESY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE. THE EFFECTS OF CHANGE WERE EVIDENT IN 1979. THE LEVEL OF FEAR, MISTRUST, AND HOSTILITY TOWARD THE POLICE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER THAN THAT IN 1976. COMPLAINTS OF ABUSE BY POLICE ALSO DECREASED. ALTHOUGH INCIDENTS OF ABUSE ARE STILL REPORTED, OVERALL MINORITY COMMUNITY RELATIONS WITH POLICE HAVE IMPROVED. THUS EMPHASIS ON PROFESSIONAL SERVICE HAS PROVIDED THE FOUNDATION FOR AN EFFECTIVE POLICE-COMMUNITY RELATIONS PROGRAM IN SAN JOSE AND DEMONSTRATES TO OTHER COMMUNITIES THE VALUE OF DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP AND MAINTAINING OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION. FOOTNOTES ACCOMPANY THE REPORT.
Index Term(s): California; Police community relations; Police management; Police reform; Police social services; Police use of deadly force
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