Report By Richard Geno
With the American Legion Hall once again packed to capacity, Pete Constant, retired San Jose police officer and current 1st District City Councilman, introduced our guest speaker, Joseph McNamara, the 15-year San Jose Chief of Police. Several officers of the Police Officers Association attended the meeting.
Joseph McNamara indicated right from the start that he wanted to bring the group into what he called "the strange world that is the policeman's." With some very humorous stories of his experiences in his early career in Harlem in New York City, he drew in the crowd. Joseph also shared some tragic stories of experiences on the streets of Harlem, Kansas City and San Jose. Before serving as police chief for 15 years in San Jose, he served as the Chief of Police in Kansas City for three years.
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