STOCKTON, CA - With 49 homicides in the city this year, Stockton has decided it can't wait any longer to implement tougher methods to reduce violence.
Tuesday, the Stockton City Council unveils Project Ceasefire, a program used by other large cities to curb homicides and violence.
According to Project Ceasefire in Boston and the National Institute of Justice, the program focuses on intervention before the violence. It incorporates methods of suppression and deterrence. For example, police may focus on gangs by deploying more officers to areas with gang presence and promise stiffer penalties for offenses. Police may threaten they will hold an entire gang or a member's associates accountable for the actions of one.
Project Ceasefire can also offer offenders or would-be offenders alternative, non-violent programs when they desist from crime.
Stockton city spokeswoman Connie Cochran says $215,000 for funding the first year of Project Ceasefire will come from the San Joaquin County Community Corrections Partnership for Public Safety Realignment. That money is intended to help implement the 2009 state realignment law which transfers responsibiilty for certain felony offenders and parolees to local law enforcement.
The city and San Joaquin County are expected to implement Project Ceasefire immediately.
Reminder: News10 hosts " Stockton in Crisis: Searching for Solutions," a free town hall this Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the University of the Pacific's Long Theatre.