For a city that not so long ago had a record setting tally of homicides, the City of Stockton is celebrating it’s own happier record.
On Tuesday, the Stockton Police Department swore in it’s 346th officer, stopping a near endless cycle of budget cuts and a brutal officer attrition rate.
“Over the last several years, we’ve had many officer leave to go to other police agencies, that’s still happening, but not as frequently,” says Stockton officer Joseph Silva.
By reaching 346 sworn officers, a federal cops grant kicks in, which means the department suddenly has the funding to hire 17 more officers. That will push the force to 363 officers and bring back much needed units.
The number is still far below the city’s high staffing number of 441 officers in 2008.
“Start looking at, can we get our narcotics unit? Can we beef up our street enforcement team? Can we get more detectives in the property crimes division, so we can start focusing not only on violent crime, but quality of life issues,” Silva told FOX40.
Silva says the grant finally kicking in is a shot in the arm to officers covering the same amount of city with 100 fewer officer in recent years.
“It’s a great day to be an employee of the police department here in the city of Stockton to serve our community and knowing that we’re getting more officers in this federal cops great is very encouraging and much needed.”