L.E.A.L.E.S. - Latino Education About Law Enforcement Services
The majority of Stockton residents are US 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 who are 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. The police department began to track and investigate each incident and found two primary reasons why Spanish-speaking migrant workers were vulnerable victims:
- they carried large amounts of cash, and
- they were afraid to report crime to the police for fear of deportation.
L.E.A.L.E.S. was formed in April 2005 to prevent and reduce crimes targeted at Latino community members who work on farms. The past few years have seen a reduction in those crimes due in part by increased reporting.
This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011