Listening in Stockton

Stockton, California was in a rough situation when the current chief was promoted to that position in 2012. The city had filed for bankruptcy, there were police layoffs, morale was low, and violent crime was up. In this interview, the chief explains how he learned to listen more carefully to members of his community, including victims and the formerly incarcerated, as well as his own officers. He and the city manager went on a “listening tour” and now he and his staff do a listening session in the community about once a month. Over the last 5 years, public trust has improved, case clearances are up, and shootings are down.

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One Response to “Listening in Stockton”

  1. Gunther Says:

    They always talk about police officers dealing with trauma but these cops seems to forget that the ordinary citizen has to deal with trauma every day with people getting shot every day and wondering if their kids will come home safe or get killed by the criminals and/or the cops.

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