Reserve Unit – Serving the City

City of San José

Patrol carSan José is located in the heart of Silicon Valley and is the third largest city in California, following Los Angeles and San Diego.  It is the 10th largest city in the U.S. and it has a culturally diverse community of close to 1 million people.

The City of San José operates its own International Airport, Convention Center, Arena, Center for Performing Arts, Museums, Municipal Stadium, and the home of famous Tech Center.

Northern California in general and San José in particular have a world-renowned quality of life. The area offers a wide variety of exciting cultural, recreational, educational and entertainment opportunities. In addition, the City of San José has the nation's best public safety record of any metropolitan area, a marvelous ethnic diversity and a beautiful climate.

San José is in the center of one of the nations most famous recreation areas. It is South of San Francisco and a short 30 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean. Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and San José State University are just three of the fine universities and learning institutions located in the Santa Clara Valley. San José is a 4 hour drive from scenic Lake Tahoe which is a world renowned skiing, boating, and recreation area.

San José/Silicon Valley remains the world's leading center for innovation – the #1 area for entrepreneurs and companies that compete on innovation.  The growth of the City of San José during the past decades serves as a testimonial to its greatness.

The 177.7 square mile city is divided into 16 patrol districts and 84 beats.  In addition to patrol duty, the San José Police Department has 61 specialized units, which offer the career minded professional unparalleled opportunities for growth with one of the most progressive police departments in the nation.



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