Stockton spent Saturday stepping into what thousands hope will be a brighter future for the city – specifically, the blighted blocks of Wilson Way.
“There has been what I would call a ‘do not resuscitate’ on Wilson Way, and this really shows that can be revitalized, it can be resuscitated. And we can bring vital programs into the community,” said Pamela Wyre of Harvest House.
That’s the goal of phase one of the new Wilson Way Neighborhood Initiative.
Stockton Police officers are going to home and business doors reaching out, trying to start new neighborhood and business watch groups.
The initiative grew out of an airing of community concerns hosted by Councilman Moses Zapien.
“So it’s neighborhood-based community-supported and law enforcement-led. It’s really different this time around and that’s going to make the difference going forward,” said the district four councilman.
One marked difference?
The officers building a new rapport with this part of Stockton aren’t armed with just their weapons, they’re armed with the kind of help that can meet desperate needs – stopping crime before it starts.
“Our teams out there today have resource lists of where people can go to get food, parenting help,mental health counseling substance abuse help,” said Lt. Tony Sajor.
Phase two of this long-term project is slated to include beautification efforts along Wilson Way.