STOCKTON, CA - Three more guns were taken off Stockton streets Tuesday night by a police department community response team, bringing the number seized in 2013 to 61.
Police arrested two suspects, Michael Latin, 26, and Joshua Williams, 21, and William Davis, 22, after shots were fired on the 8400 block of Kelley Drive around 6:20 p.m. The community response team and the U.S. Marshal Task Force were in the area conducting surveillance when shot were fired.
The team seized meth pills, a bullet proof vest, two handguns and an assault weapon.
That follows more than 930 guns seized in 2012 and police are hoping the reduction in firearms is the reason 2013 has been free of homicides.
"When our officers are being proactive, and getting guns off the streets, we're preventing crimes from happening," Officer Joe Silva said. "Street robberies, or shootings, or homicides."
In 2012 Stockton set a homicide record with 71 killings and the longest stretch between was just 17 days. The current number of days in Stockton with no murder is 27 days.
Silva said the community response teams able to just focus on neighborhoods in the city most troubled by violent crime. It lso helped, he said, that the department is getting assistance from the U.S. Marshals office and a county wide gang enforcement unit.
Though the city is currently in a Sacramento federal court claiming bankruptcy. Silva said current budgets guarantee ongoing funding for the community response teams.
By Tim Daly, firstname.lastname@example.org