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[Santa Clara County] SJPD audit: Complaints down, feud over force findings

Yearly IPA report shows more sustained misconduct cases, push for mental health, DV emphasis

 

Blog note: this article references a 2017-18 Santa Clara County Grand Jury report.

SAN JOSE — Though formal citizen complaints against the San Jose Police Department continue a steady downward trend, more officers are being disciplined for misconduct than at any point in the past decade, according to a new report from the city’s primary police watchdog.

[Santa Clara County] Report: Mentally ill are in nearly 40 percent of South Bay police shootings

Civil grand jury study urges Santa Clara County police and officials to increase training and resources to keep up with rise in mental-health emergencies

 

In the most definitive look yet at a growing public-safety problem facing South Bay police today, a new civil grand jury report reveals that nearly 40 percent of officer shootings in Santa Clara County involve someone who is mentally ill.

So the watchdog group is urging law enforcement agencies and public health officials to step up training and resources to combat the troublesome trend.

[Santa Clara County] One-third of police shootings in Santa Clara county involve mentally ill

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KTVU) - A new report from the seated Santa Clara County grand jury finds the mentally ill have an alarming and tragic interaction with law enforcement. County mental health experts say the problem centers on who makes first contact in a crisis situation. Too often, it’s a police officer – there to uphold the law – but now forced to handle a mental health crisis situation.

“We’re launching mobile crisis teams in Santa Clara County for adults,” said Toni Tullis, the Santa Clara County behavioral health services director.