STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police said they have seen a slight decrease in violent crime and so far this year no murders.
Police believe the reason for the early success is increased police presence, which started during the last quarter of 2012.
"We have the gang task force, and [California Highway Patrol] targeting the most violent criminals and gang members in our community who use guns as a way of committing violence," Officer Joe Silva said.
Some residents said it's too early to tell if the city's plan is working, but they are hopeful.
"Anything is possible," Stockton resident Mayra Rivera said. "If they care for our city like the other citizens here."
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva said he is hoping for more community involvement to help curtail crime.
"We feel the answers are getting the churches involved, business leaders and community leaders and listening to them," Mayor Silva said.
Mayor Silva said in the coming months he'll roll out his initiative to increase sales taxes in Stockton to provide additional funding for more police officers.