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Former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara Dies


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Iconic former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara died in his home this morning after battling pancreatic cancer.

McNamara served as police chief from 1976 until his retirement in 1991. Before coming to San Jose, he was chief in Kansas City. He began his career as a Harlem beat cop for the New York Police Department.

Former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery praised McNamara’s contributions to the city and police department in an email.

“No one helped propel San Jose into the upper echelon of good cities and the best PD in the nation more than McNamara: community policing, recruitment and promotion of minorities and women, neighborhood involvement; a PD that looked and cared about the community. He was a Chief and person we could all learn from and our City should profit from his example,” McEnery wrote.

McNamara served as chief of the San Jose Police Department from 1976 until retiring in 1991. He later became a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Watch Below a 2010 Television Commercial Chief McNamara Appeared in for California Proposition 19 Ballot

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  • Good riddance. McNamara was an elitist with a thuggish police-state attitude towards the citizens of his community.

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