STOCKTON - After his department responded to five people murdered in three separate incidents late Saturday night, Stockton Chief of Police Eric Jones is anxious to see the city's new Office of Violence Prevention get staffing.
"Instead of changing strategies constantly, a community like Stockton needs that keen focus on violent crime," Jones said.
The Office of Violence Prevention is being funded through the recently passed Measure A, which also paid for 120 additional officers. Jessica Glynn was named by the Marshall Plan stakeholders group to head up the office. She starts later this week.
"It's continuing to coordinate all the efforts, so we don't have non profits and clergy going in different directions. It's keeping everyone focused on the problems and focused on what the data is telling us," Jones said.