Stockton is moving forward with its crime-fighting tactic known as Ceasefire. The first step, which will kick off next week, is to educate the public.

It’s been decades since the last iteration of Ceasefire was used to combat gun violence in the city. But with rising gun violence and record-setting homicides, the cash-strapped city decided to authorize $175,000 to re-institute the program and try to retake city streets.

The plan calls upon increased police resources to work in coordination with community and faith organizations to intercede in violence prone populations. Those who refuse to reform will face harsh punishments.

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