Today at noon, the Santa Clara County DSA and CPOA will be having a joint press conference with Crime Victims United in front of the SCC Sheriff’s Office to announce CVU’s support for Kevin Jensen in this election. The support for Kevin Jensen and change in our office continues to grow in the victim advocacy community with a letter written by Marc Klaas, President of KlaasKids Foundation.
Many of you may have read my post, “When a Victim Has No Voice.” Mr. Domingo, a retired LEO and long time volunteer for KlaasKids, eloquently spoke for Sierra Lamar and the lack of cooperation that has gone into searching for her from the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office. When a victim is unable to speak for themselves, for whatever reason, they need people to advocate their cause. These two organizations have worked advocating and speaking for the victims of crimes for decades.
Sadly, when the Sheriff’s leadership on some of these cases came into question, she chose to attack the victims and the people who stand up as their voice rather than offer answers to the public. These criticisms of Laurie Smith’s failure to act come from people who have years of experience in these kinds of investigations, and have worked with agencies across the nation.
Our Sheriff often touts her credentials with her POST work, you can find it as the top link under her rather sparse “news” tab on her campaign website. What she doesn’t directly mention is that she was a POST Commissioner that helped to oversee the development of the curriculum for Missing Persons Investigations in 2007. In theory, this means that our sheriff knew better, however proceeded in a manner detrimental to the overall investigation and search for a young missing child in her jurisdiction.
Both these organizations are speaking officially in their capacity to support Kevin Jensen.
Mr. Klaas has written a letter (posted below, redacted to protect the innocent) in support of Kevin Jensen and new leadership for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office, saying the current leadership is failing in it’s directive. Mr. Klaas’ letter makes clear the lack of cooperation that has brought the leader of one of the premier child advocacy groups in the country to speak out in this local election: