For the second day in a row, more than 300 Stockton residents showed up for a public meeting about how to regain control of the city’s spiraling trend of violent crime. The meetings were held just days after the City announced a new crime-fighting strategy called Ceasefire.
The 372 residents that participated in the community forum at the University of the Pacific heard from the Mayor, deputy police chief, a local pastor, and a representative of the University.
One of the sources of disquiet at the meeting was the discussion of the Marshall Plan, the larger plan to prevent crime in the streets. A commission created that plan and residents say didn’t fully represent regular citizens. Instead, it was composed of officials and policy folks, not the ‘moms and dads’ who are victims of the crimes.
But the major theme coming out of the town hall was that residents will be part of the solution to the city’s crime problems moving forward. And they seemed ready and willing to do their part.
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