STOCKTON - Operation Ceasefire was considered a key element of Stockton's attempt to get its serious crime problem under control. It appears that for now, the program is working.
The muscle behind Operation Ceasefire stems from meetings called "call-ins." That's when police, social workers and religious officials meet with known suspects in crimes to explain they must change their ways or face serious legal consequences.
Nine people were rounded up in late November after failing to take advantage of an offer made under Operation Ceasefire. They appeared in court this week on drug and gang charges.
"This group is hyperactive. After the call-in, they didn't listen to the message and continued with shootings here in Stockton," Officer Joe Silva, spokesperson for the Stockton Police Department, said.
Bail for each of the suspects is at least $900,000. Most have bail over $1 million and one suspect's bail was set at $2 million.
San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Mark Dennings is handling the case.
"It should send a message we're watching and paying attention. We're not going to let criminal activity go. We're trying to be proactive and clean up the streets," Dennings said.