I’m going to rant a little here, so forgive me.
I’ve thought about a comment made on my blog here for several days now. The more I think about it, the more outraged I become.
It’s insulting. It’s insulting not only to deputies but to the taxpayers and public that rely on the SCC Sheriff’s Office. It attempts to make fools of us all in it’s lack of principle.
There were several claims made… that the office has new cars, new tablets, AR-15 classes and “not just for new deputies” and last, but not least, 2 deputies starting a gang task force from scratch.
You can’t see me, I can’t see you, so the author can’t be sure, but maybe the author of these comments believes I look stupid, that you’re an idiot who can’t discern the reality of your surroundings. I know they’re certainly taking advantage of the public trust who has every reason to believe they will be told the truth by those who run the Sheriff’s Office.
Are you kidding me? I look at that list and every time, I just say, louder… Are you kidding me?! Do you expect me to read that and believe it? To support it and stay silent about the truth of those claims?
Let’s start with the “new cars”. From what I’ve been told over the past several days, the cars that have been deployed, half are already in the shop. The majority of new cars remain un-outfitted sitting at FAF for how long now? I’ve been told MONTHS because FAF has contracts that pay more with neighboring municipalities to outfit their cars. so great, we have new cars, for all that good that is doing any one.
The new tablets. Yes, they’re outfitted in the new cars, theoretically. I’ve had no one confirm their existence in a functional environment at this time. As for the new cars, we know where those are now, don’t we. The bigger problem is that the Sheriff’s Office “new technology” they’ve been bragging to everyone about as one of Sheriff Laurie’s “successes” is in reality a 1999 version of Lotus Notes, recently upgraded Microsoft Outlook 2003 and other legacy or near-legacay software that won’t interface with tablet technology. Kind of similar to the reasoning that great new report writing system was ditched, even though we keep hearing how we have that too. They spent over $1M on a new report writing system, circa 2005, but ditched it because they discovered they were going to have to pay more to get it to interface with current systems. I guess we have tablets, let’s hope we’re not still waiting for them come in 2021, the same 8 years we’ve been waiting for the report writing system. If she gets re-elected, that is the most likely scenario and we all know it.
And the training opportunities! AR-15 classes! And not just for new deputies?! Really, in this day and age when you turn on the TV, or open the news on your computer and odds are you’re going to read about an active shooter at least twice a week, you don’t have every single deputy trained and equipped with a patrol rifle? After the Lehigh Cement Plant incident, how long ago now, 2011? You really don’t have all, or at least a significant majority of your deputies trained on what is a very basic, standard piece of equipment for most agencies these days? And you’re bragging about this? Seriously? Of course I have to end this with the question that has been just begging to be asked… would these be the same AR-15s that won’t even fit into the new cars? Ironic, no?
And we have a 2 man gang unit. I’m not going to discredit the deputies, I’ve been assured they’re capable and competent people. However, you are left asking yourself why the Sheriff’s office has left these two people hanging out there like an extra appendage instead of working with the county’s multi-agency gang units. I would have hoped that an agency who was involved in the “South Bay Gang Alliance” and the “North Santa Clara County Gang Task Unit” wouldn’t just be starting a gang unit. Or were you not involved in those multi-agency endeavors? What about the gang mitigation efforts of SCOPE? Oh, that’s right, community policing, we don’t do that. I won’t even go into the slew of questions I have about your Vice Squad. Exactly what is the failed history here that we are just now getting a gang unit?!
I think it’s stunning that the Sheriff can send some one out to my blog to actually brag about these failures. To gloat about how she’ll get re-elected and we’ll all come crawling back embarrassed and ready to be punished for daring to disrespect her. That she and her management level staff would consider those failures to be actual successes in an office with a 16-year-old administration. That they think they can brag on things that were done 15 years ago and call them “accomplishments”. That they expect the line level deputies to look at all this and be GRATEFUL for it.
Then, over the weekend, to just continue to add insult to injury, it was mentioned to me the Sheriff may have been working on getting support from her newest potential voter base with her BBQ at Elmwood. I laughed and they said “No, I’m pretty sure those serving time for misdemeanors can vote.” I stopped laughing. I sat at my trusty computer and started digging. Sure enough, as of 2011 those held in custody awaiting trial and those serving time for misdemeanors are eligible to vote. And apparently our sheriff is out there BBQing up their votes even as her deputies are breathing in asbestos. What an unbelievable set of priorities this sheriff has.
I can not stress enough how important change is to this office now. Everyone who works here every day experiences many reasons for change. Some of them addressed on my blog, many of them not. Reality is at this moment we have an opportunity to not just get “change” but change we can respect with an honest and trusted person, Kevin Jensen.
Kevin knows what the office is in need of, be it morale rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation — a real effort at upgrading technology and not just an election year patch, this is the guy to vote for.
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