A San Jose city councilman is happy to learn that the reopening of the San Jose Police South Substation has become a top priority. This information became available when the council learned the item has been included in the City Manager’s $2.6 billion annual budget. The station was closed several years ago because there were not enough funds to operate it.
The council approved the mayor’s March budget message. That message included a handful of important recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year. In that list was the reopening of the San Jose Police South Substation. Many feel this is in the best interest of public safety. Approximately 270 sworn officers will be moved to the substation when it reopens. This will allow them to be closer to their patrol areas.
At least one council member feels the increased efficiency will more than pay for itself. At the current time many officers need to travel 40 minutes round trip in order to respond to certain police calls. Having people stationed at the South Substation will save time and travel expenses. It will also help save on gas and patrol car maintenance. If you multiply those savings by nearly 300 officers, he said, the numbers speak for themselves.
The mayor will present his final budget proposal in early June. The council can then request modifications. A final vote is reportedly scheduled to take place on June 18.