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San Jose announces plan to improve police department

A San Jose police officer
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A San Jose police officer

City police officers have recently been accused of criminal conductin a number of incidents.

NBC Bay Area reported that one officer was accused of indecent exposure while responding to a call. Another allegedly showed up intoxicated to a kidnapping investigation. And a third was accused of offering a meth pipe to a local woman in exchange for information.

Both Mayor Liccardo and Police Chief Mata admitted Wednesday that there have been mistakes. Mata said the seven-point program is aimed at improving his department’s overall performance.

KTVU reports that the plan includes: a new probationary period for new officers; new alcohol and drug testing protocols and resources; social media training; and new responsibilities for supervisors regarding training and conflict resolution.

The chief added that a third party will review and audit his department’s hiring practices.

Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked has in print, radio, television, and web journalism.