SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – The streets are no longer as deserted as they were before the recent easing of restrictions. – There are more people walking the streets of San Jose.
Also more police on foot, on foot beats.
Police insist this isn’t necessarily new, but the idea is for officers to get out of their cars, become more visible, and work with local residents and business owners to build trust and relationships.
Volunteers patrol the streets of San Joses Japantown
After running various beats downtown on Wednesday, about a dozen San Jose police officers made the final pass through Fountain Alley and South Second Street to be more visible by simply connecting with people who weren’t necessarily going to join they were related to law enforcement, says Captain Stan McFadden.
A team of crime prevention, mobile crisis assessment, and community police officers are committed to public outreach efforts to build trust in the police force and to help local residents, business owners, and the unhoused who may need help with problems that are emerging The pandemic or the pandemic may just have to talk to someone.
More than 200 vehicles show up at the San Jose Sideshow
Police insist the focus on visibility isn’t related to a surge in crime, but patrols will include San Jose’s Japantown amid growing concerns over recent attacks on Asian Americans across the Bay Area.
The patrols are mostly looking for information from the community, and so far the response has been positive, says Captain McFadden.