Memorial Service for Officer Michael Johnson #3718

A memorial service for Officer Michael Johnson #3718 will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the SAP Center located at: 525 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113


Please click here to make a donation to the family of Police Officer Michael Johnson.


Remembering the Fallen: Officer Robert White

On January 27, 1985, San Jose police officer Robert White was electrocuted while investigating an accident in which a motorist struck a high-voltage transformer.

Below is the San Jose Police Department's account of this tragedy.

Honoring fallen San Jose Police Officers Gordon Silva and Gene Simpson

Today, we remember fallen San Jose Police Officers Gordon Silva and Gene Simpson. On January 20, 1989, Simpson and Silva were killed in a firefight with a mentally ill pedestrian who wrestled Simpson's gun away. Below is an account of this terrible tragedy that was published in the Mercury News following their deaths.


An Open Letter to the Residents of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland

As the presidents of the three largest police unions in the Bay Area, our overriding responsibility is to ensure that each and every police officer we represent makes it home to his or her family after every shift. Police officers must swear to uphold our constitution, and we also take seriously our responsibility to protect the First Amendment rights of the public we serve. Unfortunately recent events threaten to bring these two great responsibilities into conflict.


Our members and their families have been shaken to the core by the brutal slayings of two New York City police officers and a Tarpon Springs, Florida police officer. All of our members are on heightened alert. In the line of duty deaths of police officers are up significantly 120 police officers have already paid the ultimate price for protecting their communities in 2014.


The protests that followed the grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York are a legitimate expression of our First Amendment traditions. The reaction is not unexpected but the vilification of front-line public servants by some politicians and media pundits has been demoralizing and unjust. Public safety in the Bay Area and the nation will be a subject of major debate going forward and we will each participate vigorously in that debate.


But what few have acknowledged until now is that too often the legitimate expression of views has devolved into vilification and violence against this nation's front-line public safety servants. Demonstrators in New York chanted in unison: "What do we want?" Dead cops! When do we want it? Now! That was disgraceful. So, too, was witnessing protest marches in the Bay Area degenerate into violence, destruction and mob rule. Despite the efforts of organizers, too often protests were hijacked by shameful cowards who take refuge behind the truly law abiding demonstrators while destroying property and injuring our officers.


The overwhelming majority of our members-who represent the most diverse police departments in the nation-bear such malice in dignified silence. Even following the murder of three of their own our officers continue with their duty answer your calls, respond to your crises, fulfill their mission, and honor their commitment to the people of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland.


In short, they will always be there when you need them. In return, as their "voices" we simply ask that you join them in a cooperative effort to keep our streets safe, and to engage in constructive dialogue that calls for a common sense approach to very complex issues.


May we all take this holiday season as a time to reflect and pray for one another and search for solutions together as the law enforcement community honors those who have fallen in the line of duty.


Martin Halloran                 Paul Kelly                             Barry Donelan


SFPOA President            San Jose POA                      POA President Elect


In Honor of Officer John Covelesk, Badge #70

On the night of November 15, 1950 Officer Covelesk was working a midnight walking beat in the downtown area. Officer Covalesk located a door at 42 East San Fernando that had been pried open. As Officer Covelesk entered the building, the suspect, who had been hiding inside, opened fire from 4-5 feet away striking Officer Covalesk twice in the chest. As he was going down, Officer Covalesk drew his revolver and returned fire 6 times striking the suspect twice.  The suspect then stood over the still-conscious Officer Covalesk and fired one more round killing him.


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Remembering San Jose Police Officer Jeffrey Fontana

Today we remember the life and service of fallen San Jose Police Officer Jeffrey Fontana. Officer Fontana was gunned down while making a routine traffic stop early in the morning on an Almaden street. Fontana was only on the police force for a few months before his murder. Approximately eight years after his death, a jury convicted DeShawn Campbell of 2nd degree murder for killing Officer Fontana. Prior to joining the San Jose Police Department, he worked as a volunteer in community policing centers.


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