Mayor Sam Liccardo’s pet project to have home security cameras feed into a San Jose Police Department registry will soon get off the ground.
On Thursday, the city sent out an announcement asking the public to volunteer their video feeds to police. The goal is to assist an understaffed force with burglary and robbery investigations--a unit that has been disbanded.
But not everyone in the SJPD shares Liccardo's enthusiasm. As previously reported, Police Chief Larry Esquivel and his top command staff have often bristled in emails at the direction from civilian bosses at City Hall. One of the emails discussed the security camera registry program.
In messages between the city manager's office and police brass on Ag. 19, 2014, former assistant city manager Pam Antil, who has since left the city with a sweet $100,000 severance deal, offered to have an assistant train officers on how to access the system. Patrick Heisinger, who allegedly threatened a fellow employee last fall and was subsequently involved in an internal investigation before bouncing back to the Housing Department, was the point person for the project.
Knopf, who oversees the Bureau of Administration but will soon take over the coveted top spot for the Bureau of Field Operations, replied to Mata's email with an audio attachment called "cricket-sound.mp3."
In the body of the email, Knopf added, “Just saying.”