Consider the Source

In a piece of link bait about metropolitan crime rates in the U.S. last year is this howler about Stockton:

“Last year, recognizing the crime problems in the city, the state temporarily diverted hundreds of California Highway Patrol officers to aid the city’s overwhelmed police department.”

There are not “hundreds” of officers in the CHP’s Stockton-area office. There isn’t even one hundred. And the state didn’t send a single additional officer here, temporarily or otherwise, to help the Stockton Police Department.

Under a program called CalGRIP, the state funds overtime to CHP officers in local offices, all over the state, to support local law enforcement operations. CalGRIP money’s come to Stockton a few times over the years. The CHP officers who participate are those already assigned to a given city’s local office. In Stockton, about 20 officers were deployed to a CalGRIP shift. And the whole thing lasts about a month.

Here’s a story about Stockton’s crime rate and nationwide standing that doesn’t contain any errors. (The headline doesn’t count!)

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