Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

Mayor Calls Cortese’s Sheriff Proposal ‘Political’ Ploy

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said a new proposal for sheriff officers to assist San Jose police would only be considered after other issues are resolved.

Elected officials in San Jose and Santa Clara County have expressed diplomatic, if not cautious, public support for a proposal that would have the Sheriff’s Office assist an undermanned San Jose Police Department. But behind the scenes, the two law enforcement agencies have been at odds for more than a year over services already contracted.

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Jail Violence on the Rise

A new report points to a sharp increase in the number of assaults at local jails.

Santa Clara County jails have seen a sharp uptick in assaults over the past few years, partly because of state prison reforms that pushed more dangerous inmates to local correctional facilities.

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