Stockton has never had as many officers on its police force. The department reached a milestone Tuesday by hiring its 443rd officer. The department has come a long way since the city's financial disaster.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones administered the oath to the newest member of Stockton’s finest.
“It’s now my honor to swear in Casey McLanahan as a Stockton police officer,” he said.
The hiring of Casey McLanahan, a police officer recruit, and three police trainees pushes past the previous high of 441 officers a decade ago.
A financially troubled Stockton ended up losing 100 officers.
Chief Eric Jones says the goal is to hire 40 more officers and fill positions long vacant.
“The amount of police we have on bicycles not necessarily just the downtown area but that we can strategically use around the city. We also plan on increasing the amount of detectives,” says Jones.
Officer McLanahan is more than just a number, he is part of the city’s breakthrough from tough times.
“Something to remember, knowing that I’m part of the greater good and contribute to the city, hope I can do my part and be the best I can,” says McLanahan.
“Congratulations, you are now officially a Stockton police officer…applause," says Jones.