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Violent Crime Down in Stockton

  

Last year there were 33 homicides by the end of June in Stockton.  This year, there were 12. That’s a more than 60 percent drop, according to the new figures from the Stockton Police Department.  Police say rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults are also down significantly.  

One reason may be a partnership with the California Highway Patrol.  A team of federal agents also spent several months this year in Stockton and arrested nearly four dozen criminals.  The bankrupt city recently received a federal grant to hire more police officers, and has just begun that process.  Stockton’s so-called “Marshall Plan” calls for the hiring of 120 additional police officers eventually.