Payam Javan: In response to allegations that an officer was intoxicated when responding to the kidnapping of a young boy last week, San Jose police and the police union issued an apology. The officer’s breathalyzer test revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.139, which is nearly twice the legal limit.
San Jose Police Officers Association President Sean Pritchard said in a press conference the following statement.
“We have a very dangerous job, We go out every single day, risk our lives. We’re expected to make life and death decisions. We need to be at the top of our performance. I expect all officers to come to work ready to protect and serve, I cannot and will not let the actions of a few officers tear down what we have built”
The agency said it will ramp up the safeguards in place to help officers who need it, but it also said it will go after cops who refuse to seek help and endanger the community.