Chief’s Call

Stockton Police Chief Blair Ulring said today that his chief concern about the announced arrival in San Joaquin County of a new prison hospital is the effect it could have on the demand for police services. For now, that effect would be most felt by the Sheriff’s Office, whose jurisdiction would include the facility.

If the city were to annex the area, that would be a serious problem, he said. A facility the size of the prison hospital, housing and employing so many people, Ulring likened to a major housing development. It would mean more calls for service, more crime, more demand on police resources.

Ulring also said it is also possible, as critics of the hospital have said, that the relocation of inmates’ families to the Stockton area could result in more crime. That’s hardly certain, though, he said.

In December, 32 officers will be retiring from the Stockton Police Department. But the Department’s numbers may stabilize as the hiring freeze is over. Ulring said that when the Department falls below 368 sworn, it will hire to fill those spots. The Police Department will no longer be hiring fresh recruits, and paying them to attend an academy. Instead, it will be hiring officers from other departments, academy graduates and in some cases, current academy students.

Unrelated: Comments seem to be disabled, even when I allow them. I don’t know why that is, and don’t know when or if that will be changed. I hope it will be.

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