Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $700,000)
The Stockton Crime Gun Intelligence Center (SCGIC) will bring together local law enforcement, local and state prosecutors, and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) partners to address the precipitous increase in firearm non-fatal incidents and homicides occurring over the last several months. Although gun violence in Stockton, CA is a historic trend, recent efforts, including the implementation of Ceasefire, have brought the long-term trend line down. Significant reductions in homicides from the 2012 high have also occurred, however, more collaboration is needed to further reduce and sustain the prevalence of gun violence. Stockton’s rate of violent crime remains four times above the national average. This grant will support Stockton’s efforts to formalize the interagency partnerships and infrastructure to ensure effective implementation of the seven essential elements of a CGIC. Once established, the SCGIC will work to prevent violent crime by linking guns to persons and crimes committed, completing thorough investigations and prosecuting offenders. These investigations and ultimate prosecutions will disrupt the systemic violence occurring in Stockton and support the intelligence led policing efforts currently in place. Specific grant deliverables include: revising policies and procedures to ensure timely entry of ballistic evidence into the national correlation center database; establishing a protocol for following up on investigative leads generated from ballistic links and evidence; sharing of intelligence gathered both on the street during investigations, and in the lab reviewing evidence with CGIC partners; promoting collaborative working group partnerships by tracking CGIC cases and discussing outcomes, and formalizing the working partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding to sustain the SCGIC for years to come.