A slow start, but getting its bearings

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones during news conference about large gang bust that confiscated drug and guns.

That seems to be where the setback-prone Office of Violence Prevention is in its third year. It’s important because the OVP is at the nucleus of Stockton’s long-overdue effort to reduce its intolerable violent crime.

Here’s more city information on the OVP.

Office of Violence Prevention


The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) works to significantly reduce violence in the City of Stockton through data-driven, partnership-based violence prevention and reduction programs, and strategies rooted in best practices.


Defining Success: Performance Measurement Plan

  • OVP has developed a 3-phase plan for measuring performance.
  • To date, our priority has been collecting data to inform our Peacekeepers and help them do their jobs
  • We are investing in new technology for case management and reporting
  • We have developed reports for internal use; the data that doesn’t disclose confidential client information will be publicly available
  • Examples of the types of data reports we are building out are included below


Status of Performance Measurement Plan

Phase 1: Complete – Problem Analysis completed by California Partnership for Safe Communities in 2012, with a 2017 update pending; Case Audit completed by BASE, LLC in 2017.

The Problem Analysis identified that less than .25 of 1% of Stockton’s population is responsible for 70-80% of violence.  This represents approximately 50-100 very high risk individuals at any given time from the 700 individuals representing the 18 gangs/groups active in violence.

The profile of very high risk individuals is gang affiliated males between the ages of 18-35.  More details on the original Problem Analysis can be found at: http://www.stocktongov.com/files/2013_2_08_MarshallPlan_Symposium_CAPartnershipSafeCommunitiesPowerpoint_24pages.pdf.

The Case Audit identified that 70% of current active Peacekeeper clients are very high risk individuals, un-employed, gang-affiliated, ages 23-26, and meet 4 of 6 risk criteria:

(1) Probation or parole for a violent incident?
(2) Has been shot or seriously injured due to turf/group-related violence?
(3) History and/or immediate risk or engagement in gun-involved activity?
(4) Live or hangs out in targeted hot spot area?
(5) Has had a close peer, friend, or family member shot and/or killed due to turf/group-related violence in the last three years?
(6) Interact regularly with known turfs or groups involved in violent activity?

Current clients: 85

  • 86% of our current active caseload are gang-related clients that comprises the top five designated groups with the highest violent activity in Stockton as derived by Stockton Police Department analysis
  • Age range for entire current Peacekeeper caseload: 23-26
  • Average Age of Ceasefire Clients: 26


Critical Needs of Clients:

  • Critical Safety Needs: 44% (at imminent risk of being a victim or perpetrator of gun violence)
  • Unstable Housing issues: 22%
  • Unemployment: 36%
  • Non-Access to Daily Meal: 22%


Client Services

  • January through May
    • 188 services or referrals were provided to clients
    • 64% have been assisted with employment placement
    • Of the active 85 clients, 66 have been referred to services
    • Typically, one client receives between 1-4 services of referrals
    • Services and referrals include:
      • Acquiring Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, SSI, DL or CA ID
      • Legal counsel/court attendance
      • Training services
      • Employment services
      • Education services
      • Mental Health Services


Comparison of Critical Needs of Clients from May 2017 to July 2017

  • Critical Safety Needs: dropped from 63% to 44%
  • Unstable Housing issues: dropped from 33% to 22%
  • Unemployment: dropped from 51% to 36%
  • Non-Access to Daily Meal: dropped from 32% to 22%

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