It’s the first full day of the California Highway Patrol taking their manpower to Stockton streets.
The speeds may be lower, but the focus for Officer James Smith is the same as when he’s on the highway – provide a law enforcement presence.
“If you have a patrol officer who passes by your area, randomly, throughout different times of the day, for a month or two months, then subconsciously you’re thinking, ‘I might get caught’,” Smith told FOX40.
His goal is to stop the little violations before they blow up into major violent crimes.
“You walk up to the car and you smell the odor of marijuana, or you see some kind of drugs,” Smith said. “You may even see the weapon itself they attempted to hide, but it’s slid all the way to the back of the seat.”
The initiative, which was announced Thursday, will last at least 90 days. During that time, CHP officers will have Stockton dispatch routed onto their radios.
For Smith and all of the officers in Stockton, stopping the crime is as simple as this.
“When criminals go out and want to do bad things, they have to leave their house,” Smith said.