Here are some excerpts from San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore's exit interview.
On the department's future under the next chief:
"The next couple of years are going to be very challenging, no matter who the chief is. It probably will be status quo. But even with that, we have a number of officers who are leaving the organization. The primary goal for (acting chief) Larry Esquivel is to retain what we have because we're hemorrhaging officers right now. They're going to have to figure out a way to fix that. Something has to happen or else there will be more cuts and make it even less likely that officers will want to stay."
On his differences with City Hall in navigating budget shortfalls:
"I may have a different viewpoint about how we need to get to where we need to be, but they're the ones elected, and it's not my job to tell them what to do. My job is to take the resources they give me and provide the public safety at that level. I could jump up and down and say we need more, which we do. But at the end of the day, it's their decision. They are elected, not me."
On the "vigilante" shooting of an alleged burglary suspect that led to San Jose's final homicide of 2012:
"We acknowledge that it may take us awhile to get to a property crime like an auto burglary depending on what else is going on in the city. But unless you call us, we won't know about it. And you can put yourself and other people in harm's way. I'm somewhat
On what's next personally:
"I'm going to take two months off. I've had a lot of offers for jobs. But I need a break. I'm going to work out, maybe several times a day. My hope is to drop a lot of weight, clear my head and then jump back into whatever is next."
Parting words to the community:
"The future of this organization is strong. The depth of talent at the lower ranks is remarkable. Now we just have to hold on to them. If we do, we'll be well-positioned as a department and a city."
-- Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons