San Jose’s police union leadership says it wants what’s best for its members. But how many members will be left if the Police Officer Association keeps on hosting other departments’ recruiters in its headquarters? In an ad in Sunday’s Mercury News, the Austin Police Department announced it was hosting two recruiting sessions in San Jose. After stopping by The National Hispanic University on Tuesday morning, the Texans moseyed over to the POA shop to hold court for three afternoon hours. POA President Jim Unland isn’t shy about voicing his distaste for Mayor Chuck Reed and just about every other pay cut and pension reform advocate on the City Council, but helping facilitate the exodus of police officers from the ranks—34 retirements in 2012 and 141 resignations since January 2011—seems counterintuitive. “This just proves they care more about their paychecks than people’s safety in San Jose,” says one local political consultant. Unland sees it differently, arguing: “I don’t represent San Jose Police Department,” he says, “I represent the men and women of the San jose Police Department.” Jerry Gonzalez, a lieutenant and recruiter for Austin PD, says his department paid for the ad on its own and was hoping its nationwide search would yield 20-25 officers with previous law enforcement in addition to fielding rookie recruits. The APD patrols a city of a million, Gonzalez says, with more than 1,700 officers—almost double the amount San Jose currently has active—and offers better pay and benefits. A list of SJPD defections shows that Redwood City PD and Santa Cruz’s PD and Sheriff’s Office have taken in a combined total of 25 former San Jose cops. Austin’s visit was the fifth on POA grounds made by a recruiter from an outside agency since this past summer.