Does Madison Nguyen Believe Private Security is the Answer?
JIM UNLAND is president of the San Jose Police Officers Association and a Sergeant in the San Jose Police Department.
According to The Daily Fetch (click here to read the article and the evidence), it appears that Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen is promoting the private security company of her protégé and losing city council candidate Tam Truong as an answer to the increasing level of crime in San Jose neighborhoods.
Mr. Truong, a San Jose Police Officer, ran unsuccessfully against Councilmember Kansen Chu in 2012 and according to the Daily Fetch article is promoting his company’s services to neighborhoods.
It is unfortunate that Ms. Nguyen and Mr. Truong are not advocating for city leadership to utilize the $96 million dollars in general fund reserves to offer police officers a pay-raise and restore the hundreds of officers who have left the force.
It is also unfortunate that Madison and Tam don’t disclose to residents that it does not matter if a private security guard, or a resident, calls 911 the same response protocol is followed. The bottom line is that there are not enough police officers to respond now and it does not matter who is placing the call.
According to The Daily Fetch, this coming week TAPS will be pitching its service to one Willow Glen neighborhood that has gotten fed up and frustrated with the rise in crime. San Jose Police Officers share their frustration and hope that Vice-Mayor Nguyen is not travelling down the path of privatizing police services in San Jose, especially a service that will benefit one of her family friends.