San Jose PD Chief Announces Retirement

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Embattled San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore, who has been facing criticism for the city's surging crime and officers' low morale, says he is retiring.

Moore made his surprise announcement on Monday. He became police chief in February 2011 after serving as acting chief for four months. His last day will be on January 31.

The 51-year-old's announcement comes nearly a month after the police union delayed a potential "vote of no confidence" against him and Assemblywoman Nora Campos' open letter to the 30-year police veteran stating that the city's violence is "spiraling out of control."

San Jose's 33 homicides this year is on pace to surpass last year's total of 39.

Moore said budget cuts and officers either being laid off or leaving for other agencies, played a part in his decision as well as spending more time with his family.

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