Published: February 20, 2016

Today at the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving Custody Operations, the DSA presented its analysis of the terminations as reported by the Sheriff's Office.  The report explores: 1) The reasons why Santa Clara County Custody Deputy Sheriffs and other employees were terminated from employment during the period of 2010 to 2015; 2) Analyzes the reasons for termination and categorize them into manageable data sets to determine if there are observable patterns of behavior leading to termination.

The DSA hopes this report and future cooperation with the Commission will provide a complete picture into custody operations and help the Commission make the best recommendations possible.

This report is also being provided to the public for their review and can be obtained here

Published: December 11, 2015

Pipes and Drums of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office To Receive Board of Supervisors Commendation at 9 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 15

Pipe and Drum Corp at the 2015 Best of the West EventDressed in uniform shirts with full Scottish regalia, including kilts and sporrans, members of the Pipes and Drums of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office will receive a commendation from the County Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday, Dec. 15, meeting at 9 a.m. at 70 West Hedding St. in San Jose.

Band members partnered this fall with the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department to further its program to bring music “Bach to Nature” by offering exceptional musicians to perform outdoor concerts in County parks.

The 20-member band is an all-volunteer group. It plays at about 50 community events every year.

This year’s highlights include the memorial service for San Jose Police Dept. Officer Michael Johnson, Every 15 Minutes presentations at local high schools, the Rose White and Blue Parade on Independence Day and escorting WWII vets returning from an Honor Flight at San Francisco International Airport.

Sponsored by the Sheriff’s Advisory Board, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County and the Peace Officers Research Association of California, band members have logged 892 hours of volunteer time so far this year.

Published: April 30, 2015

Finding money for college 

The DSA awarded over $6000 in scholarships this year. Congratulations to the 2015 recipients. We look forward to seeing you develop as leaders in your community.


  • Ryan Vander Esch
  • Christian Flores
  • Jeffery Henderson
  • Deja Johnson
  • Janessa Sims
  • Allison Rogers
  • Francis Ngo
  • Amelia Taylor
  • Kaitlyn Alanis

Published: March 13, 2015
Updated: April 8, 2015

Johnell Carter Booking Photo

UPDATE:  Suspect Johnell was captured in Mississippi and returned to Santa Clara County for prosecution.  Good work by the Sheriff Detectives and the U.S. Marshalls.


For immediate release:Deputy Sheriffs’ Association Matches Crime Stoppers Reward For Information On Escaped Suspected Child Molester Johnell Carter, Bringing Total to $6,000

The reward for information leading to the capture of a suspected child molester who escaped custody on March 6 now stands at $6,000. 
The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County matched the $3,000 award offered by Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

People with information on Johnell Carter should call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867 or (408) 947-STOP, said Don Morrissey, DSA president. Crime Stoppers monitors the tip line and online tips. “Carter is due to stand trial in April on five counts of child molestation for allegedly sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl. He could face life in prison if he’s convicted,” Morrissey remarked. 
“Our members are dedicated to serving and protecting the community,” he remarked.

“This is a bonus to the already generous Crime Stoppers award. We hope that this will encourage someone who may know Carter’s whereabouts to cooperate with law enforcement and give us the information that will lead to his arrest.” The DSA is a non-profit organization representing employees of the Office of the Sheriff, Santa Clara County.

Published: June 26, 2014

Statewide Crackdown Starts Thursday, July 3

All around the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and up and down the state, deputy sheriffs, police officers and California Highway Patrol officers will crack down on people who decide to drink or take drugs and drive over the Independence Day weekend.

The four-day crackdown lasts from the first minute of Thursday, July 3, through midnight, Sunday, July 6. It’s such a big deal that it’s funded by a large federal grant.

Our friends at the CHP will be saturating the highways all weekend. This enhanced enforcement will be also be a project of all law enforcement agencies in the region, so expect to see a fleet of patrol cars.

The DSA would like to remind everyone that Independence Day weekend poses a specific, often-dangerous situation when it comes to sober driving.

The holiday is mostly celebrated outdoors, either in backyards or public parks with picnics and barbecues. People of all ages attend, from little kids to great aunts. Many party hosts put out an ice chest filled with bottles of beer. Bottles of wine stand on the picnic table along with the ketchup and the dish of pickles.

Celebrations usually last a few hours in the bright sunshine.

Everyone’s catching up with friends and family, playing softball, watching the kids run around and chowing down. The situation couldn’t be more wholesome if Norman Rockwell had painted it. It’s not like you’re sitting in a dim bar or a restaurant.

But alcohol sneaks in. Because of the all-American, family-oriented setting, it’s easy to lose track of how many beers you’ve had or glasses of wine you’ve downed.

If you’re at someone else’s house or a public place, how are you going to get home without hurting or killing yourself or someone else, seeing your car insurance rates skyrocket and paying fines so large they could have been a hefty down payment on a new car?

Designated drivers, of course. You’ve heard it about three million times.

Here are some inside tips about designated drivers, those unsung heroes who regularly save lives.

  • Designate a friend or family member who will stay stone cold sober and drive everyone else home safely.
  • Do this little task before you even buy the hot dogs. If you wait until you’re on your way out the door with the watermelon, it will be too late. If you wait until people have started to drink, it will be far, far too late. Everyone’s judgment is circling the drain.
  • Cab drivers make excellent designated sober drivers. A particularly slick move is to take a cab to a party so you won’t be tempted to drive home after you’ve been drinking. The fee is tiny compared to the up to thousands of dollars in fines you could rack up if you’re arrested and convicted.
  • If you find yourself stuck at the party without a way home, sleep on the couch.
  • Never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking. Stand up to dim-bulb statements such as “But I drive better when I’m drunk.”

Seat belts, along with designated drivers, are two powerful weapons against the pain, injury, heartbreak and death DUI suspects so often inflict.

When you’re not buckled up and get into a crash, you’re essentially getting into four crashes.

First, your body goes through the windshield, leading with your face. Second, other unrestrained passengers in the car slam into you. Third, your body gets thrown out of the vehicle onto the roadway. Fourth, and probably the most grisly, your internal organs slam into each other.

After having said all that somber stuff, everyone at the DSA and our brother organization, the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, wishes you a happy and safe Independence Day weekend.

Published: April 30, 2014

Retired professionals from law enforcement agencies throughout Santa Clara County announced their endorsement of Kevin Jensen for Sherifftoday.  Those announcing their endorsement for Kevin Jensen, a recently retired Sheriff's Captain and FBI National Academy Graduate, have extensive years of experience in law enforcement and dealings with the incumbent Laurie Smith.

This endorsement and statement below are a clear and unequivocal call for change.  These preofessionals have seen first hand how poorly Laurie Smith runs the Sheriff’s Office, how poorly she works with other police agencies, and how she has mismanaged investigations.

The complete announcement is below.



Group Backs Kevin Jensen for Sheriff of Santa Clara County

Voters will determine the future of public safety in Santa Clara County on Tuesday, June 3. A
Group of law enforcement professionals average 30 years each with law enforcement
experience, most of which has been within this county, feels that it is time to restore
leadership, integrity, transparency, inter-agency cooperation and collaboration to the Office of
the Sheriff.

We therefore endorse Kevin Jensen for Sheriff. Under Jensen’s leadership, the Sheriff’s Office
will regain its reputation for inclusiveness, openness, fairness, and teamwork.

He is a highly respected law enforcement professional within the county and throughout the
state. He has demonstrated continuous leadership throughout his 28 years with the Sheriff’s
Office with assignments in the courts, jail, patrol, traffic, community services and

His positive interaction with local law enforcement agencies and his ability to work very well
with others in the prevention and reduction of crime will enhance the public safety. His
integrity is without reproach. He galvanizes and works with many different segments of the
community to actually solve issues, improving the respect of all citizens.

All of us have worked with Sheriff Smith in one capacity or another over the years and have
seen first hand how she operates.

MISMANAGING CASES: We believe that Sheriff Smith has mismanaged a number of high-
profile cases including, but not limited to, the tragic Audrie Pott sexual assault, cyber-
bullying, and suicide case; the Sierra LaMar kidnapping investigation and the PG&E substation
attack. Her actions, or lack thereof, not only hampered investigations, but also probably have
had a negative effect on the outcomes.

Additionally, San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith’s case serves as a very clear example of how she
puts the welfare of significant campaign donors,, public figures, and members of the Sheriff’s
Advisory Board before the law and the best interests of the public.

FAILING TO COOPERATE WITH OTHER AGENCIES: All law enforcement agencies must
collaborate and work together in today’s world. Smith seldom participates in inter-agency
programs if she does not get her way nor has she shown much inclination for compromise.
She uses budgetary constraints as her excuse for pulling Sheriff’s personnel out of inter-
agency task forces, yet she has provided privileges such as helicopter rides and firearms
training at the County’s firing range to her friends, public figures and campaign donors at
county expense.

spent thousands of taxpayers’ dollars to send he staff to training all over California and
elsewhere because she does not want to send them to the Regional Public Safety Training
Academy in San Jose.

This academy, which is certified by the California Police Officers Standards and Training
Commission, provides in-service and recruit training to numerous other law enforcement
agencies in the area.

The Sheriff’s academy also provides recruit training. It is apparent that Smith believes that the
South Bay Academy competes with the Sheriff’s Academy and as a result, she has spent extra
dollars on lodging, transportation and meals to send her staff to other parts of California

MANAGING DEPUTIES BY FEAR AND INTIMIDATION: We are very concerned about the men
and women of the Sheriff’s Office. They work tirelessly every day, putting them in harm’s way
to protect the public. It is jut not right for them to have to work under a sheriff who operates
with fear and intimidation and who continual says or does things that do nothing but
demoralize them.

When over 90% of the Sheriff’s Office employees voiced support for Kevin Jensen, it
was the first time in almost 35 years that employees did not back the incumbent. Not only did
Smith refer to them as “Keystone Cops,” she also blamed the Deputy Sheriff’s Association for
manipulating her staff rather than accept the fact that members of her department are
desperately seeking new leadership and a fresh vision for the future.

What is even more indicative of her response to those who speak out against her is that the
vote of the employees, unless in previous years, was done by secret ballot because her staff
knew from experience the retribution that would certainly result if Sheriff Smith found out
who did not vote to support her.

We encourage the members of the community who want a Sheriff they can be proud of to
vote for Kevin Jensen on June 3.

Tom Brewer, retired Chief of Investigations, Santa Clara County
District Attorney’s office
and San Jose Police Department Captain
Lacey Burt, retired Menlo Park Police Commander
Lucy Carlton, retired Los Altos Police Chief
John Costa, retired Palo Alto Police Sergeant
Bruce Cumming, retired Morgan Hill Police Chief
Steve Cushing, retired Undersheriff Santa Clara County
Ed Flores, retired Chief of Department of Corrections, Santa Clara County
Alana Forrest, retired Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Commander
Dennis Graham, retired Milpitas Police Chief
Lynne Johnson, retired Palo Alto Police Chief
Kathy McKenna, retired Palo Alto Police Captain
Tim Morgan, retired Palo Alto Police Lieutenant
Cathy Wayne, retired CHP Commander San Jose Area Command

Setting the Record Straight
Published: March 14, 2014

In response to a blog posting on the San Jose Insider:

The Fly got hold of some bad information for the March 12 column in San Jose Insider. The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County does not use the services of Vic Ajlouny in any fashion. 

The DSA stands ready as a reliable, responsive source for reporters, editors or producers who are researching information for future stories on the sheriff’s race.

As you know, the DSA and its brother organization, the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, overwhelmingly endorsed Kevin Jensen for sheriff in a press conference last June. This makes both the DSA and the SCCCPOA excellent sources for information on the important issues in the race and why Kevin Jensen is by far the best choice for sheriff. 

Please give our public information director Jan Ford a call at (650) 269-2148. She is happy to track us down and set up interviews with any journalist.


Don Morrissey, President
Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County

Lance Scimeca, President
Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association

Be safe this Christmas and New Years holiday season
Published: December 25, 2013

ornament with star

The holiday season is filled with fun, food, gifts, family, and parties.  While we all enjoy this time of the year the DSA wants to make it the best for everyone.  Be safe this holiday season when drinking alcohol and make sure you have a plan before drinking if travel is involved.  A momentary lapse in judgment by driving drunk or even "buzzed" can have lifelong and even deadly consequences.  Members of the 13 bay area law enforcement agencies will be out this holiday season to help keep the roads safe.  Let's all do our part this year; drink responsibly and watch out for our friends and family.

Published: September 13, 2013

police vehicleBy Dennis Moser, DSA President

The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County represents more than 400 deputies who work in the courts, on patrol and in investigations.

Being pulled over by a deputy sheriff in Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Saratoga and unincorporated south Santa Clara County is probably not your idea of fun. Here are ten traffic tips that will not only help keep you safe, but make it far more likely that we’ll just drive our patrol cars right on by you.

1. BUCKLE UP: It only takes a couple of seconds. Belts will keep you from being flung violently around the inside of the car in a crash. They could save you from breaking the windshield with your face or being ejected through the sunroof, getting thrown out onto the road and run over. If we see you don’t have your seatbelt on, we will pull you over for that alone.

2. TAKE CARE OF THE DMV PAPERWORK: The DMV sends you back a small sticker for your license plate, a different color for each year, once you pay your registration fees. We are eagle-eyed when we check for the up-to-date colors and how they sync up with the month that’s on the other side of the license plate. It’s second nature for us.

3. STAY WITHIN THE SPEED LIMIT: We’re often asked how many miles above the speed limit someone can drive before they see our flashing lights behind their car. The answer is zero. This is because speed limits are set by traffic engineering. The posted speed is the safe speed. Speed limits are not just some random number.

4. DRIVE STONE-COLD SOBER: Save yourself the worry and danger and other people their lives by driving sober every single time. Completely sober designated drivers prevent injury, death and property damage routinely, so arrange for one before you go out if you’re planning to drink. We consider it a victory every time we take a drunk or drugged driver off our roads.

5. CHECK YOUR TRAFFIC MANEUVERS: Weaving or swerving within the lane. Driving much too slowly. Driving much too fast. Screeching to a halt at a stoplight, then just sitting there when it turns green. Driving with your headlights off at night. This is the way drunk and drugged people and just plain bad drivers drive. We stop them as quickly as possible before they hurt or kill themselves or a perfectly innocent stranger.

6. AVOID DANGEROUS RAGERS: Aggressive drivers drive right up beside you and scream at you. They may even try to run you off the road. Get out of their way. Have your passenger call 911 on the cell phone to turn them in to us. These out-of-control people are often impaired and sometimes armed, and we stop them as soon as possible.

7. MONITOR YOUR CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING: Wireless smartphones are everywhere, but they are seriously distracting. People look at the screen. They concentrate on the call. They take their eyes off the road. They crash. They get hurt. They even die. Hold a cell phone up to your ear, and we’ll pull you right over. If you’re dialing mobile 911 at the time, the rule doesn’t apply.

8. SAFEGUARD YOUR CHILDREN: Get expert advice and buy the right car seat for your child’s size and age. Buy a new one; used seats are often are worn out and don’t work very well. We’ll pull you over in a heartbeat if we see an unbelted child.

9. KEEP YOUR CAR IN SHAPE: Did your windshield crack? Are your brake lights and license plate lights working? How about both headlights? Ask a friend to check the lights while you start the car. Get it all fixed, not only for your own and your family’s safety, but because we’re quite likely to stop you for it.

10. WATCH FOR WINDOW TINTS: Tinting the front window and the driver’s side window and the passenger’s side window after you buy your car is against the law. It keeps you from seeing the road very well. If the rear window is tinted, you’ll need outside rearview mirrors on both sides of the car. There’s a clear tint you can get for the front windows that protects from ultraviolet rays. We stop cars for illegal window tinting all the time.


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Published: July 15, 2013

Kevin Jensen

  Today the DSA announced to the media and the public it's endorsement of Sheriff's Captain Kevin Jensen for the position of County Sheriff in 2014.  The DSA is announcing this endorsement now, in the hopes of encouraging meaningful discussion about the Sheriff's Office, it's changing role, the future of services it provides to all the people in Santa Clara County, and what type of leadership it will take to bring it all together.  We believe Kevin Jensen is a leader who can move the Sheriff's Office into the next era.

(Press Announcement Follows) Press Conference







In a landslide, Santa Clara County’s Deputy Sheriffs’ Association (DSA) and the Santa Clara County Correctional Peace Officers’ Association (SCCCPOA) have voted to endorse Sheriff’s Captain Kevin Jensen for the position of County Sheriff. Together, they represent 1,100 members who serve in enforcement and in the jail system.

The Jensen vote was 90 percent for the DSA and 100 per cent for the SCCCPOA, said Dennis Moser, DSA president and SCCCPOA president Lance Scimeca. The voting results were announced to members of both organizations yesterday (July 14).

“Our members are sworn to protect and serve the residents of Santa Clara County. We take this responsibility proudly and seriously and do not make this endorsement lightly,” said Scimeca. “Our members have worked with both candidates for many years, and cast their votes based on their experience.”

Both associations are concerned about the current lack of vision, inadequate staffing, lack of training, outdated computers and patrol cars and the isolation of the department from other law enforcement agencies in the county, Moser explained.

“We are impressed with Capt. Jensen’s 28 years of experience with the Office of the Sheriff and his deep knowledge of both the enforcement side and the jail side of the Sheriff’s Office. He will bring a contemporary, collaborative view and help us all better serve the residents of Santa Clara County,” Moser remarked.

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