Stockton Police Department Community Policing Efforts
The Stockton Police Department, even during challenging times, remains committed to our mission: "To work in partnership with our community, to build and maintain relationships founded on trust and mutual respect, while reducing crime and improving quality of life." Together, we are more effective in fighting crime.
The Stockton Police Department relies on:
Prediction - Forecast models to strategically target crime and criminals
Prevention - Crime prevention and victim reduction
Pursuit - Active enforcement and apprehension of criminal offenders
Partnerships - With other law enforcement agencies and the community we serve
Learn more about some of the strategic projects and programs we have recently implemented.
Violence Reduction Initiative
Passed by City Council in May 2012, this initiative:
1) established the Police Department's Community Response Teams;
2) re-instituted Camera Room Operators;
3) re-focused gang/street outreach; and
4) outlined the Police Chief's Community Advisory Board, which has since been implemented.
Community Response Teams
Based on violence in certain hot-spots, the Department began real-time policing strategies in early 2012 to focus on a data and community input to define neighborhood problems. Department Intelligence-Communication and Planning (I-CAP) meetings help deploy available resources in these hot-spot neighborhoods in an attempt to prevent retaliatory shootings.
This evolved into the current Community Response Teams – teams who meet with neighborhoods to develop relationships, define problems, and follow up with proactive enforcement and problem-solving.
Community Advisory Board
The Mission Statement of the Community Advisory Board:
The Community Advisory Board fosters better communication, trust, and collaboration between the people of Stockton and their police.
Started in November 2012, this board gathers a cross-section of the Stockton community for better communication between the community and the Police Department. The board maintains an open dialogue with the Police Chief.
- Operation Ceasefire is an action item from the City's Marshall Plan and offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the most at-risk violent offenders.
- Citywide Neighborhood Watch programs also include Business Watch and Crime-Free Multi-Housing programs.
Building Community Trust
- We offer two-way communication with the community through social media such as Facebook and text-tipping, which allows anonymous tips via computer or cell phone.
Increased Law Enforcement Collaborations
- We reach out and collaborate at the:
- federal level - U.S. 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 a regional approach helps address crime and the quality of life in our community on all fronts.
Expanded Outreach and Volunteer Programs
- Citizen input has helped expand Crime Stoppers, the Police Chaplaincy, the Stockton Police Youth Activities League, and now the Sentinel Program, a volunteer program for all adult ages.