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.
Motorists driving through Stockton will see a change on Interstate 5 on Wednesday as one of the four northbound lanes from Country Club Boulevard to Hammer Lane will be the first carpool lane along that stretch of the highway.
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva returned to court Wednesday in Amador County on charges of providing alcohol to minors and recording a game of strip poker with teens at a summer camp last year.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office says Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva is refusing to answer questions regarding a gun used in the killing of 13-year-old boy last year, which had previously belonged to the mayor.
The water in Stockton’s Downtown Waterfront has turned a vivid green and it’s a health hazard that comes with a nasty odor.
Here’s something of note for booklovers, 80,000 of them will be given away in Stockton.