Investigation Targets Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

A spokesman for Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen has confirmed that search warrants were served on Sheriff Laurie Smith’s command post as part of an ongoing investigation earlier this month. Separately, news reports indicate the probe is related to allegations of corruption and the issuance of concealed weapons permits in particular.

Santa Clara allows concealed carry with proper permitting. But ultimate authorization, which comes from the county sheriff, is extremely hard to come by. The recipient must be deemed to be of good moral character with good cause to be granted a CCW. That leaves much room for discretion — and favoritism.

“The District Attorney’s Office retrieved certain items from the Sheriff’s Office, pursuant to a search warrant signed by a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge,” DA officials confirmed to San Jose Inside. “The retrieved items are part of an ongoing investigation, and therefore nothing more can be said at this time.”

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