Thanks to a higher-than-anticipated law enforcement grant, the San Jose Police Department will be able to upgrade aging equipment, including an 11-year-old mobile communications system that crashed the night of Officer Michael Johnson's fatal shooting.
The City Council will vote on the grant allocation Tuesday.
Some of the $1.6 million state grant will go to new computers and servers ($800,000) and new mobile data computers—dubbed MDCs—for police cars.
The 11-year-old 3G MDCs went down on the night of Johnson's shooting, prompting the council to speed up plans to replace them with a faster 4G LTE versions. Police rely on the mobile computers for mapping locations, records searches and communicating with each other. But the system is prone to frequent outages.
Some $500,000 of an additional $700,000 grant will pay for body cameras. LaDoris Cordell, the city's soon-to-retire independent police auditor, has been pushing for officer-worn body cameras for years. Two pilot programs later, the city is still in the planning stages, with yet another pilot program on the horizon.
The city will put $50,000 toward investigative and leadership training for officers; $50,000 for crime prevention education and outreach; and $172,000 for safety equipment.
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for April 28, 2015:
- For $11 million, the city will resurface 19 miles of aging roads, including Camden, Foxworthy, Hamilton and Marten avenues, Vistapark, Trinidad and Metro drives, and Keyes, Julian and Second streets.
- As one of a few Arab Americans serving elected office in a major U.S. city, Councilman Johnny Khamis will pay out of pocket to attend the Arab American Institute Foundation's Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards Gala and the Arab American Leadership Day this month in Washington D.C. While at the capitol, he says, he'll lobby for federal transportation funding and promote San Jose's economic development goals.
- The council is looking to fill a vacancy on the Ethics Commission. So far, four applicants have put their name in the running for the four-year term: retired vice president of Eden Group Roy Truitt, law clerk Reginaldo Villarreal, financial advisor Monica Belizzi and government management auditor Adrian Gonzales. Here's a link to their applications.
- San Jose wants to oppose a state bill—AB 1220 by Orange County Republican Matt Harper—that would prohibit local governments from imposing a tax on short-term rentals, like the fee San Jose recently passed on Airbnb stays.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260