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.