People tend to judge crime by the homicide rate. But the homcide rate sometimes goes its own way, apart from overall crime trends.
So while homicides in Stockton are stable, more or less …
… overrall crime in Stockton has dropped around 18% over the period 2013-15.
And gun violence — not just people who die from shootings, but total shootings — is trending down. If it comes down, sooner or later the murder rate will come down with it.
Here’s a police chart.
So when Mayor Anthony Silva calls Stockton “lawless” he may be channelling the feelings of people in dangerous neighborhoods; he may be reacting emotionally; he may be behaving politically; but he is not reflecting the city’s progress.
The other thing I said I’d post is mayoral candidate Michael Tubbs’ public safety platform. Here’s an outline he sent me months ago.
Safe Streets, Secure Neighborhoods
• Continue building better police-community relations by expanding community engagement, further developing a community policing model, and diversify our police and fire departments
• Further develop a Community Policing model that is based on building trust, identifying specific needs of neighborhoods, and using data to identify where to step in before crime happens
• Increase the Capacity of the Office of Violence Prevention to partner with the community to provide job opportunities and other supports to those most at-risk for violence
• Retain our current Police Officers by ensuring they receive competitive benefits that we can afford and the training and support to be successful ambassadors of our city
• Partner with the Parks and Recreation, the Police Department, Non-Profits and the City to create a Summer Lights Program for youth and families, modeled after Los Angeles’ successful program that saw a reduction in violence over the past 8years
• Revive the Marshall Plan Commission and Partner with County to fully implement the Marshall Plan Recommendations to increase the capacity and effectiveness of our criminal justice system, especially in regards to recidivism and re-entry Paid for by Michael Tubbs for Stockton Mayor 2016
• Support authentic community engagement so that our City is responsive to the experience and perspectives of our most vulnerable residents
• Ensure the Office of Violence Prevention is keeping its promise to taxpayers by adopting evidencebased programs that are proven to be effective and hold it accountable for making measureable progress on reducing violence, robberies and recidivism