Protect our Kids, Parks, and Environment - Equip Our SJ Park Rangers
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Our trained San José Park Rangers have been ordered to suspend law enforcement in and around Coyote Creek, including our parks like the Tully Ballfields. This has placed our Community in serious danger, is forcing our children to stay inside, and is destroying our environment.
We are asking our Community to come together and support a cause that will have an immediate and positive impact on our quality of life in San José. With your support, our children and families will be more able to enjoy our City parks without fear of assault or hurting themselves on syringes, condoms, biological hazards, or weapons. Work crews will be able to cleanup and perform maintenance in our creeks, which will help prevent flooding. Our natural ecosystem will have the opportunity to restore itself. All of this is possible while we save tax dollars.
Please sign this petition to demand our City Council provide our Park Rangers with the standard tools of law enforcement, including the ability to carry firearms, transport prisoners, and allow our Rangers to perform law enforcement duties in our riparian corridors (creeks) and parks while being subjected to the same accountability procedures as our Police Officers.
San José Peace Officer Park Rangers are highly trained and thoroughly vetted law enforcement officers who undergo thorough background checks, polygraphs, psychological exams, medical exams, fingerprinting, and more. Rangers complete a 700+ hour National Park Service Academy, the same academy used by armed National Park Service Rangers. The hours of this academy EXCEEDS Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) minimum standards. Over 100 hours are spent training on firearms alone. Rangers also complete the CA specific laws of arrest course, PC 832, as well as the 40 hour Critical Incident Training and Principled Policing, a POST certified course on procedural justice and implicit bias.
By equipping our SJ Park Rangers, we will increase the number of trained and experienced Law Enforcement personnel allowed to respond to criminal activity by almost 20 officers overnight.
- SJPD will be able to focus on their normal routine and not have to be called off a priority call to help with a routine park call.
- Currently, San José City Policy directs Rangers to call SJPD when they witness a crime, even though they are trained Law Enforcement and more than capable of performing their duties through the training received as described above.
- Our Creeks are non-patrolled highways for narcotics and other illegal distribution, including prostitution and illegal weapons. Having this area patrolled with armed law enforcement will make our City a much safer place for us all.
Environmental Protection and Flood Prevention
Our Park Rangers have recovered numerous firearms from criminals in Coyote Creek resulting in their management ordering them to cease law enforcement duties. The Criminal element has taken over certain areas of the creek which threatens city, county, and water district work crews from performing routine maintenance along the creek, such as trash pickup and the removal of overgrowth, both of which inhibit the waters ability to flow. This was one of the factors responsible for the Coyote Creek President’s Day Flooding. Had the area been maintained properly, water will have flowed normally which may have prevented the flooding occurring, or at least mitigated the level of devastation.
Saves Tax payer Dollars
Currently, the City has decided that two SJPD Officers need to accompany each team of Rangers in order for law enforcement to occur in the creeks and our parks. This means that two SJPD Officers are paid overtime or double time to backup our Rangers. Four law enforcement personnel are therefore required to do the job of two law enforcement personnel, at a cost of three or four SJPD salaries. The funding for this comes out of the budget for our parks and other neighborhood services, meaning their maintenance will suffer.
Equipping our Rangers eliminates the need for this excessive overtime spending, and allows SJPD to focus on their normal day to day duties while our parks are enforced by our Rangers.
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