“We have one youth who was convinced he wanted to be the next Al Capone and could not wait to get his hands on a gun; he was 14. His youth outreach worker was relentless in being in his ear and taking him on field trips that included kayaking, fishing and going to the University of the Pacific to get the feel of a beautiful and peaceful institution of learning.
“These efforts successfully introduced him to another world. Over time, the youth began to put it together for himself, seeing that his “friends” were always trying to get him in trouble, while his youth outreach worker wanted to make his life better. The young man came full circle and is now helping to mentor other younger kids. He also got a job in the fast-food industry and has plans to further his education.”
—Retired Stockton cop Ralph Womack, former program manager of Operation Peacekeeper for six years, now head of Operation Ceasefire in Stockton.