Stockton PD uses new staffing technique | Crime
STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police watch commanders have been using new staffing strategies in response to continued violent crime on the city's streets.
New police Chief Eric Jones calls it "real-time policing," which involves putting more officers at the scene of a crime than in the past. It also lets watch commanders make those staffing decisions immediately without needing approval from supervisors.
"Instead of waiting for a staff meeting the next week, we go off real data and intelligence and deploy in an area that might be subject to retaliation," said Jones.
The police chief said that strategy was successful last weekend following three separate shootings of teenagers in two days.
"We pulled in some detectives and gang officers, put them together in a task force and deployed right away for a high visible police presence," said Jones.
Several arrests were made during that staffing adjustment, and several guns were taken during traffic stops.
Jones acknowledged the increase of staffing for one sort of crime means a reduction in other areas. The chief is asking residents of Stockton to be tolerant that property crimes don't get the same response. He said people can report minor crimes online.