Stockton Reactivates Surveillance Cameras in Push to Stop Violence
STOCKTON, May 16, 2012 (KTXL-TV - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
It's not exactly new, but a network of cameras in the city of Stockton is being reactivated for the first time in many cash-strapped years.
Reactivating these cameras is part of the newly-approved $77,000 per month push to stop the violence in Stockton.
The "Community Response Team" may read like feel-good fluff on a PowerPoint presentation, but it's signaling a swift new reality on streets of Stockton. The team will be 22 Stockton police officers ready to respond wherever the cameras see trouble -- 7 days a week.
"They'd be able to put resources, patrol resources into those neighborhoods immediately," said Officer Joseph Silva. The cameras are all over the city, like the corner of March Lane and Holman and the troubled California Park neighborhood east of downtown.
With retired, part-time officers serving as eyes in the sky, the hope is to spot crime as it's happening.
"We're able to identify a certain hotspot where criminal activity was taking place, whether it was a spike in robberies, shootings, homicides," Silva told FOX40.
The officers are hoping to develop relationships and sources to snuff out future trouble before it can begin.
"We need the community's help. We need them to tell us where the problem houses are, where the gang members are loitering," said Silva.
The "CRT" team will begin working the streets of Stockton on June 3.
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