Donald Dew says enough is enough.
"I was not surprised. I thought 'here we go again.' I pulled up my police app to hear what's happening," Dew said.
The Stockton resident was in the neighborhood at El Dorado and Clay visiting a cousin when he came upon the scene of the city's latest murder.
"We need to get our mayor involved in the city you know. We need the cops to stop worrying about the fireworks and start worrying about these crimes happening," Dew said.
In the past four days, there has been a homicide each day. Five homicides have occurred since June 30.
Still, overall, police say crime is trending down.
This time last year, the city had 25 homicides.
Right now, the homicide number is 23.
In 2012, Stockton had 71 homicides which was a record year. Last year, 49 homicides occurred.
" We really want to thank the community because they are reporting more crime than ever," Officer Joe Silva said.
Silva says officers getting to know people in neighborhoods, as well as people giving tips to police on social media as well as Operation Ceasefire, are some of the keys to driving crime down.
Mayor Michael Tubbs says one homicide is "one too many" and more work needs to be done.
He is looking into successful anti-violence programs in other cities that could be implemented here.
One, called Project Green Light in Detroit, uses cameras in real-time in gas stations to watch city streets.
Another program called "Advance Peace" used in the Bay Area city of Richmond pays people with a criminal history of firearms use not to commit crimes.
"The model makes sense to me. It's already complementing some of the work we're doing. It's really around fighting those engaged that drive the shootings and the homicide rate," Mayor Tubbs said.
Donald Dew says enough is enough.
“It’s like here we go again. Let me pull up my police app on my phone and hear what’s happening again," says Dew.
The Stockton resident in the neighborhood at El Dorado and Clay visiting a cousin Wednesday when he came upon the scene of the city's latest murder.
"We need to get our mayor involved in the city you know. We need the cops to stop worrying about the fireworks and start worrying about these crimes happening," added Dew.
Despite Dew’s frustration, police say crime is trending down, pointing to the homicide rate as an example.
In 2012, it was a record year for Stockton.
The city had 71 murders.
In 2016 there were 49 murders.
So far, this year there are 23.
At this time last year there were 25.
Stockton Police point to a number of their programs that they say are working to bring down crime, including officers getting to know people in the neighborhood, tips on social media and Operation Ceasefire.
Ceasefire involves calling in those most active committing gun violence for a sit down with police.
“Basically we’re giving them the same message. Put down the guns, stop the violence and if you do, we’re there to help you," says Officer Joe Silva of the Stockton Police Department.
“I tell people all the time. One homicide is one too many.”
Mayor Michael Tubbs says more can be done.
He’s looking into a program in Detroit called “Project Greenlight” where real time cameras watch city streets, installed at select gas stations.
And another called “Advance Peace” in the city of Richmond gives cash to those with a criminal record of firearms use, to not commit crimes.
“The model makes sense to me. It’s really around sort of fighting those engaged that drive the shooting and homicide rate and connect them to real opportunity," says Mayor Tubbs.
Right now in the exploratory phase, Tubbs says Advance Peace would be paid for thru private donations and perhaps Greenlight, too.
“And often times we don’t do a good job conveying what we’re thinking so I thought it would be fair to be transparent to the community to let them know we’re not just saying everything we’re doing is perfect," added Mayor Tubbs.
And with a young family, Donald Dew has good reason know what his city is doing to stop violent crime.
““We’re scared for our kids. Bullets flying everywhere, hitting people’s cars."
If you have any tips you can share with police to help solve their cases, you can contact Crimestoppers at 209-946-0600.
You can also submit an anonymous tip on the department’s facebook page.
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