Remembering the Fallen: Officers Gene Simpson and Gordon Silva

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.


Public Safety & Crime Victims’ Rights Under Attack

The following is an editorial by SJPOA President Paul Kelly:


Across the country there’s a disturbing trend emerging; the office of the District Attorney is being targeted by well-financed groups that seek to put candidates into office who will implement radical, pro-criminal agendas under the banner of “criminal justice reform.”


Blue Christmas Toy Drive

Giving back to the community is something San Jose Police Officers take pride in and do every single day. Answering the call day after day, we have an opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives in more ways than we can count. The holidays bring out examples of people, families, and children that are deserving of more than they may have in life.


The 3rd Annual San Jose Police Officers’ Association - Blue Christmas Toy Drive has begun and we are counting on each and every one of you. Blue Christmas was conceived from a concept of ensuring that children weren’t left out, and they too could feel the joy that they may be lacking. Please join us in helping put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season!


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.


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.


Remembering Fallen San Jose Police Officer Desmond Casey

On October 25th, we remember fallen San Jose Police Officer Desmond Casey. On October 25, 1999 Officer Casey was killed while piloting the department's helicopter.


Below is the department's official account of Officer Casey's story.


Remembering the Fallen: Officer Robert Wirht

Killed on September 8, 1988, while on a police motorcycle pursuing a speeding motorist, and then being struck by another errant motorist in traffic.

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