McNerney to DOJ: Fund Stockton PD quickly, please

From a letter today from Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, to the U.S. Department of Justice (City Hall has applied for $44 million in federal aid to prop up its Police Department):


I am writing to urge your full, careful and swift consideration of a grant application submitted by the City of Stockton’s Police Department for funds made available by the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Recovery Program from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


The Stockton Police Department has issued layoff notices to 55 of its 401 officers. These layoffs will take effect June 30, and Stockton has been struggling to meet its safety needs with a dwindling police force. Despite the tireless efforts of police officers and city officials, the city continues to experience unacceptably high rates of gang activity and other crimes. The intent of funding allocated by ARRA is to quickly stimulate the economy and save critical jobs in hard hit communities. DOJ should take every possible step to expedite Stockton’s grant request and reduce potential bureaucratic hurdles that may slow the flow of funds into communities in need of assistance. If a decision is made after June 30 and 55 officers have already been dismissed, DOJ will have done a disservice to the community.

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