The Stockton Police Department and city representatives are reaching out to residents who live in so called “hot spots” — areas where gun and gang violence are an all-too-real scenario.
The police department has been ramping up their presence in these areas — reaching out to residents and letting them know of the resources available to them.
Officers go door-to-door and tell residents what resources there are, how they can submit tips anonymously through Crimestoppers and to decrease the stigma against policing.
Police, volunteers, and City Councilman Michael Tubbs visited 1500 Spring Street on Wednesday morning. Just two days prior, two men were shot on this very same street. They survived.
Chief Eric Jones said while the gun and gang violence is a sad reality, their efforts for real change will take time.
“Well, it’s all about building trust,” Jones said. “And so that’s another hope we get today, is we’re not just here at any crime scene, we’re not just here at night in the black and white police car; we’re out here talking to everybody day and night.”
Monday, a string of what police believe are connected, gang-related shootings wounded nine people over the span of just two hours.
And a day later, two separate homicides claimed the lives of two men. One of whom was 43-year-old Jerry James Lucero, a Subway manager who was closing up his store Near East Hammer and Holman when police say 32-year-old Steven Allee robbed the store then shot Lucero in the stomach, according to police.
These neighborhood impact teams, as the Stockton Police Department calls them, usually visit areas where there is high crime. It’s something that Stockton’s Police Department has been employing for some time in an effort to curb violence.