The majority of Stockton residents are U.S. born, but according to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 44 percent of Stockton residents speak a language other than English at home. A large number of those residents are recent immigrants and not fluent English speakers.
After several months of meetings with Latino business owners, the Stockton Police Department noticed a pattern of crime that targeted Latino migrant farm workers. Their investigation found two main reasons why Spanish-speaking migrant workers were vulnerable victims:
L.E.A.L.E.S. started in 2005 to prevent and reduce crimes targeted at Latino farm workers in the area.
The past few years have seen a reduction in these crimes due in part to increased reporting.
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 2/2/2016