Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)
Stockton is a diverse community where over 330,000 residents live among disproportionate levels of violence. The City is seeking funding to continue in investing in strategies to reduce gun violence and firearms reduction programs. After dramatic decreases in public safety resources bankruptcy required, the SPD has taken steps to support safer streets and safer communities by improving police-community relations. SPD has implemented Operation Ceasefire in partnership with the City’s Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) to utilize data-driven, partnership-based violence prevention strategies, including best practices. During the coronavirus pandemic, gun violence soared, with a 95% increase in non-fatal shooting during the first quarter of 2021 as compared to 2020 (Stockton Police Department – Crime Information Center). Additionally, the average age of high-risk individuals has dropped from 30 to 22 years old. With additional resources, SPD and OVP can make greater progress in combatting violent gun crime while strengthening their community relationships.
With the help of the Byrne Disretionary Grant funds, at lease 3 proactive long term undercover missions will be conducted in an effort to reduce firearm related violence resulting from gang activity. The Stockton Police Department will fund investigative equipment, proactive community engagement outreach, client services support, helicopter fuel, and forensic ammunition analysis equipment.