The crime in Stockton dropped significantly in 2013 with double digit declines in homicides and robberies. Police hope for still more reductions this year.
Stockton was second on the FBI's list of most violent cities in California in 2012 right behind Oakland.
In 2012 Stockton set a new record in homicides with 71, but in 2013 homicides dropped to 32, an almost 55 percent decline.
Robberies too fell by 30 percent and aggravated assault by 17 percent, even car thefts were down by 15 percent.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones says the persistent focus on violent crime has produced results.
"Really almost every program or operation we have comes back to our primary mission which is still working on illegal guns and gangs."
~Eric Jones, Stockton Police Chief
City Councilmember Kathy Miller says crime reduction was accomplished by an understaffed police force, but a recent measure passed by voters should help reduce crime even more.
"And now we have funding to add up to 120 new officers. I think we will see these numbers and this trend continue," says Miller.
Both Jones and Miller say increased willingness by citizens to report crimes has helped police to be more effective.
The Stockton Arena is one of the host sites for the NCAA’s Division One Women’s Basketball sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds in March.The event will have a huge economic impact on the city.
Michael Tubbs was sworn in as Stockton Mayor Tuesday night. His grandmother administered the oath of office.
Some people usher in the New Year by firing guns into the air, and that means police will be busy looking for such gunfire as the clock nears midnight.
Christmas dinner came in a box complete with a turkey and all the fixings for 1,500 needy families in Stockton today.
This is the 21st year for the annual Turkey Brigade, which along with Food 4 Less has donated more than 10,000 turkeys over two decades.