STOCKTON - When Stockton Chief of Police Chief Eric Jones announced the hiring of 10 more officers Tuesday, it was the first time officers had been hired with funding from a voter-approved sales tax hike.
Measure A sales tax revenue allowed the city to pay for another 120 officers. Jones said Tuesday that seven of the new hires are "Measure A" officers.
"Today is a big day for us," Jones said.
Even though voters approved a much larger police force, Stockton continues to lose nearly as many officers as it hires. Retirements and officers taking different jobs continues to limit hirings in Stockton.
"It's just the hiring process and recruitment process takes a lot of time. We're now seeing the dividends. We've been gearing up this hiring machine for some time and it's now beginning to pay off," the chief said.