05/18/2011

Calif. PD hires 4 cops laid off by neighboring agency

The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office swore in four deputies in late April from the San Jose Police Department, which is slated to lay off more than 100 officers because of San Jose's precarious budget situation

By Stephen Baxter
San Jose Mercury News

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — With four new sheriff's deputies recently hired from San Jose police, law enforcement leaders said Silicon Valley's loss is Santa Cruz County's gain.

The Sheriff's Office swore in four deputies in late April from the San Jose Police Department, which is slated to lay off more than 100 officers. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak said he hoped to hire four more San Jose officers by mid-June -- just in time for their busy summer months.

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