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.

Published: June 1, 2013

Sign the PetitionCrime comes in many forms.  One of the most disturbing types of crime our members see is the exploitation of women and children in the form of prostitution; commonly advertised online as "escort" or "massage" services.  The crime itself is appalling but equally disturbing is the willingness of some media outlets to advertise these services and assist perpetrators in seeking out those to victimize.  Take for instance the METRO; a San Jose based media company that reports news and also provides space to advertise for prostitution, escorts, and massage services (  Just because a company can conduct this type of business does not mean it should. By signing an online petition, we hope you would consider joining the DSA in telling the METRO and it's owner, Dan Pulcrano, we do not support their choice of publishing content which assists in the exploitation of women and children.

Though the METRO is not the only online advertiser of prostitution, we hope they choose not to profit from this type of advertising any longer. 

 Sign the Petition

Published: May 21, 2013

On March 15th, 2013 three people were brutally stabbed at their residence in East Side San Jose.  Yolanda and one year old Gabriel died in the brutal assault and three year old Josaline suffered injuries requiring hospitalization.  The Ramirez family is now left with the expense of putting two of their family members to rest and providing for the medical care of little Josaline.  The Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Santa Clara County is partnering with CDF Firefighters/ IAFF Local 2881 in order to raise money to help the family.  We appreciate your help in giving back to a community we believe in and serve.

Donations are being accepted through the "Fire Family Foundation".  Donations can be made online at the foundations website ->

Donations may also be mailed to:

Fire Family Foundation
815 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Please see the flyer below for further details.



Published: April 15, 2013

The Deputy Sheriffs' Association and Celebrities, headed by members of the 49ers, battled it out on the basketball court last Sunday in our annual Celebrity Basketball Classic Fundraiser.  The Deputy Sheriffs' Association put up a good show but ultimately lost by just two points to the Celebrities in a 78 to 80 final score.  This years Celebrity players included Bubba Paris, Dana McLemore, Cliff Branch, Mervyn Fernandez, John Paye, Mike Thomas, Jewel Hampton, Cam Johnson, and Tony Jerod-Eddie.

We would like to thank our donors for all their years of support and a big thank you to our Celebrities, especially Bubba Paris who continues to be a great roll model and supporter in the community.

AMBER Alerts Now Available on Facebook
Published: January 13, 2011
Updated: January 14, 2011

[January, 12th, 2011] Today, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced a parternship with Facebook to distribute Amber Alerts to its members.  Facebook will make available 53 different pages which are customized for each of the states including California, Washington D.C., the Virgin Islands, and Pueurto Rico.  Like to learn more?  Click here for the full announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice.

VMC S.A.R.T. Receives New Cameras
Published: June 24, 2010
Updated: July 7, 2010

  San Jose - The Deputy Sheriffs' Association of Santa Clara County (DSA) donated two specialty cameras used for documenting injuries to victims of sexual assault.  The cameras include special filters to reveal bruises and other evidence not normally visible to a regular camera.  These cameras are a small part of the continuing support of the S.A.R.T. (Sexual Assault Response Team) program by the DSA.

It is our commitment to enable the many nurses of the S.A.R.T. program to provide the best service possible and enable them to collect and document evidence which may bring the perpetrators of these deplorable crimes to justice.

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