More from City Hall: Ulring at the podium

7:44 p.m.:

Interim Police Chief Blair Ulring is at the podium. He said it will be a challenge to respond to calls for service. Since the department was last at about 340 officers, in the 1990s, calls for service have increased from 680 to 720 a day to 1,000 to 1,200.

Ulring is delivering a speech, really. He said, “We’re going to provide the very best level of service we possibly can for the city of Stockton.” He said, “We’re going to do that to the best of our ability.” He said he does not know exactly what that means, but that service will not be what it is now.

He said, “I’ve got to be able to patrol the city.” He will pull from other services to patrol, he said. It will impact the crime rate and public safety, he said.

7:52 p.m.:

Councilwoman Diana Lowery is asking Ulring to comment on Dennis Smallie’s suggestion that one officer patrol in a car, not two. Ulring said that is done until midnight. However, he said, late at night it is safest for officers to work in pairs. He said, “It is something to entertain,” to talk to the union about and to study. Lowery said she wonders if it could not at least be explored. Ulring said he would look into it.

Councilman Elbert Holman Jr. said patrolling in pairs is necessary at night.

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