The Stockton Police Department, even during challenging times, remains committed to the philosophy of Community Policing. This is reflected in our Mission Statement, which is "to work in partnership with the people of Stockton to build a safe and secure community." The Stockton Police Department realizes we are part of the greater community and that neither we, nor the community, can fight crime alone. Community-oriented Policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to address conditions that give rise to public safety issues.
The Stockton Police Department's current policing model and on-going vision to combat crime focuses on four tenets: Prediction (forecasting models and concepts to strategically target crime and criminals), Prevention (crime prevention and victimization reduction), Pursuit (active enforcement and apprehension of criminal offenders), and Partnerships (partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and partnerships with the community in which we serve). It is a combination of policing and enforcement strategies with community involvement and engagement.
Listed below are some of the strategic projects and programs that the Stockton Police Department has recently implemented:
Violence Reduction Initiative
The initiative was passed by City Council in May of 2012, which: (1) established the Police Department's Community Response Teams; (2) re-instituted the Camera Room Operators; (3) re-focused gang/street outreach; and (4) outlined the Police Chief's Community Advisory Board which has since been developed and implemented. The goals of the initiative were to make the best use of resources and technology to address violence, and to increase community-police partnerships.
Community Response Teams
Based on violence in certain hot-spots and then apparent retaliations, the Department began real-time-policing strategies in early 2012 to focus on a data-driven approach coupled with community input to define the neighborhood problems. Departmental Intelligence-and-Communication-Planning (I-CAP) Meetings were used to deploy any and all available resources in the hot-spot neighborhoods in an attempt to prevent retaliatory shootings. This evolved later in 2012 into the current Community Response Teams - teams who meet with neighborhoods to first develop relationships and define the problems, and then follow-up proactive enforcement and problem-solving.
Community Advisory Board
This board began in November of 2012 and comprises a cross-section of the Stockton community. They were formed to create a greater avenue of communication between the community and the police department in regards to police-community relations and public trust. The board of 24 members has open dialogue with the Police Chief and developed the following Vision and Mission Statement.
Building Bridges of trust for a safe community.
The Community Advisory Board fosters better communication, trust and collaboration between the people of Stockton and their police.
The Board Members and organizations they represent are as follows:
- Tony Washington, community-based organization - Apollo Night
- Greg Bahr, University Neighborhood Renaissance Committee
- Father Dean McFalls, St. Mary's Catholic Church
- Lynn King, University of the Pacific
- Bill Stoermer, Local business owner
- Fred Sheil, STAND
- Irvin Jefferson, Retired school administrator
- Mike Vann, YMCA
- Pastor Jerry Cook, Shiloh Delta Valley Church
- Minister Tommie Muhammad, Nation of Islam
- Rob Quashnick, American Legion Park Watch
- Barbara Sbragia, Retired educator
- Vernel Wofford, NAACP
- Pastor Dr. Timothy Dunham, God's Throne Church
- Becky Moffitt, Tuleburg Group
- Kathey Kimrey, Community resident
- Mike Vang, Lao Family
- Ruth McMaster, Kentfield Action Team
- Gloria Nomura, St. George's NBC
- Rick Dimas, East Advisory Board
- Annette Sanchez, El Concilio
- Art Gomez, Community resident and business development
- Kennetha Stevens, PACT
- LaNitra Curtis, Aspire/Langston Hughes Academy
Operation Ceasefire is an action item from the City's Marshall Plan and is a multi-disciplinary approach to the most at-risk violent offenders. Operation Ceasefire fits under the Department's Violence Reduction Initiative philosophies through strong community collaborations coupled with the law enforcement of continuing violent offenders.
The Police Department has expanded the Neighborhood Watch Programs City-wide but has also created Business Watch, Park Watch, Apartment Watch and Church Watch groups.
The Police Department has expanded community outreach and two-way communication through new avenues and social media such as Facebook and text-tipping (which allows for anonymous tips via computer or cellphone).
Increased Law Enforcement Collaborations
The increase in collaborations have been at the Federal level (US Marshals Task Force, ATF, DEA and FBI partnerships), State level (CHP assistance with our Community Response Teams), and County level (Countywide Gang Task Force, Countywide Firearms Reduction Consortium, and Countywide Community Corrections Partnership Task Force). The Stockton Police Department understands that a regional approach is necessary to address crime and the quality of life in our community.
Expanded Outreach and Volunteer Programs
Crime Stoppers, the Police Chaplaincy, the Stockton Police Youth Activities League, and now the Sentinel Program (an additional volunteer program like the VIPS Program but for all adult ages) have been expanded. These expansions took place due to the increased community interest in helping our community.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 2/4/2013