The Stockton Police Department, even during challenging times, remains committed to the philosophy of Community Policing. This is reflected in our Mission Statement: "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."
The Stockton Police Department realizes we are part of the greater community and neither we nor the community, can fight crime alone. Community-oriented policing is a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies, using partnerships and problem-solving techniques, to address conditions that give rise to public safety issues.
The Stockton Police Department's current policing model and ongoing 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).
This model is a combination of policing and enforcement strategies with community involvement and engagement.
Listed below are some of the strategic projects and programs the Stockton Police Department has recently implemented.
Violence Reduction Initiative
The initiative was passed by City Council in May 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 apparent retaliation, 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-Communication and Planning (I-CAP) meetings are used to deploy 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 with proactive enforcement and problem-solving.
Community Advisory Board
This Board began in November 2012 and consists of a cross-section of the Stockton community. It provides a greater avenue of communication between the community and the Police Department, in regard to police-community relations and public trust. The board of 24 members has an 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.
Board Members and organizations they represent are as follows:
Greg Bahr - UNRC
Karen Booker - Community Resident
Jerry Cook - Pastor, Shiloh Delta Valley Church
Felicia Estrada - Program Manager, Community Medical Center
Susan Feighery - Community Resident
Desiree Fernandes - Women’s Center-Youth and Family Services
Art Gomez - Community Resident & Business
Irvin Jefferson - Retired School Administrator
Kathy Kimrey - Neighborhood Watch
Dalon Littlejohn - Coordinator, Family Resource & Family Referral
Ruth McMaster - Kentfield Soccer Team
Tommie Muhammad - Minister, Nation of Islam
Gloria Nomura - Community Resident
Cymone Reyes - Coordinator, San Joaquin Pride Center
Edith Robles - Coordinator, El Concilio
Barbara Sbragia - Retired School Administrator
Fred Sheil - Housing Director for STAND
Bill Stoermer - Owner, ACE Hardware
- Ernest Williams - Reverend, Faith in the Valley
- Darius Williamson - Community Resident
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 citywide but has also created Business Watch and Crime-Free Multi-Housing programs.
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 cell phone).
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 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 similar to the VIPS program but for all adult ages) have been expanded.
These expansions took place due to the increased interest from citizens wanting to help our community.