The Stockton Police Department is out with its three-year Strategic Plan to combat crime. It calls for developing community trust and putting more officers on the street.
The Strategic Plan encompasses many points, from 350 body worn cameras to reducing blight in neighborhoods.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones says this past year finished with the lowest overall crime in 16 years albeit violent crime edged up three percent.
Jones says in the last 3 years the police force has grown by 70 officers to 420 men and women in blue.
He points out Stockton is a diverse city with 40 percent Hispanic, 23 percent white, 21 percent Asian, and 12 percent African-American, and so the goal is to have a diverse police force.
“There is a strong emphasis on better reflecting the community and so we’re working really hard on that, and that’s one of our high priorities over the next three years,” says Jones.
He also says his department receives over a thousand calls for service daily.