People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is hosting the 7 p.m. meeting Thursday at the Our Lady of Guadalupe church at 2020 San Antonio Road in San Jose.
Expected to attend are Mayor Chuck Reed, City Manager Debra Figone, and Dave Cortese, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
The city, which rarely has more than 30 homicides a year, has already had seven homicides this year.
Police and criminologists say the crimes are generally unconnected, with three of the slayings in one shootout at a bar. But some city officials and community groups are concerned and looking for answers.
"We're losing our youth to gangs, our murder rate is at seven already this year, and we need to address the calls of our community to our top city leadership to recommit that our youth and the safety of our neighborhoods are top priorities," said Sheilah Lane, PACT leader and East San Jose resident.
PACT has been at the forefront of a host of community groups advocating for a better relationship with the police department. The group was one of the driving forces urging Moore to make his officers stop impounding cars for a month when unlicensed drivers are stopped for minor traffic violations. PACT and others felt the practice was unfairly targeting undocumented immigrants who cannot get licenses and need vehicles to keep working.
Moore is one of the two finalists to become the next police chief. The other is Oakland Chief Anthony Batts, who, if picked, would become the city's first African-American chief.
PACT leaders are expected to underline their desire that whomever is picked by City Manager Debra Figone needs to be committed to strong community policing and restoring trust in the police.
Contact Sean Webby at 408-920-5003.