Stockton, California

Stockton, California, is one of six pilot sites employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation.

Stockton, California, is one of six pilot sites employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation. Stockton was selected as a pilot site for its demonstrated willingness and capacity to engage in the National Initiative’s research, intervention, and evaluation process, as well as its jurisdiction size and demographic composition. 

To read the 2018 status report for Stockton, please click here

If you would like to read the 2017 status report for Stockton, you can find it here

In a concrete step toward improved transparency and accountability, the Stockton Police Department is consistently adding its departmental policies to its General Orders webpage.

Michael D. Tubbs, Mayor

Eric Jones, Chief of Police

A first site visit in April 2015 brought together interested residents and community groups of Stockton at the Oak Park Senior Center to participate in a community convening to discuss the National Initiative project. At this convening, the National Initiative introduced the goals and strategies of the project and explained how community members can participate directly.

The National Initiative team also met with city leaders, representatives from the police department, and prosecutors to discuss the role of criminal justice practitioners in this historic initiative.

Below are some items that the National Initiative and Stockton have produced so far. 

Case Study: Community Input on Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)

The Stockton Police Department in California has piloted a community input process for new departmental policy. On August 3, 2017, the department convened its Community Advisory Board to discuss the department’s prospective use of unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones.

Second Site Visit Agenda: December, 2015

The National Initiative visited Stockton in December 2015 to review elements of the implementation plan and continue strategy planning for moving forward with Stockton's process. 

Community Survey Results

As part of the National Initiative’s commitment to evaluating the effectiveness of its interventions, the Urban Institute surveyed residents from Stockton’s highest-crime neighborhoods regarding their perceptions of and attitudes toward criminal activity and the police department. The surveys were conducted through face-to-face interviews in October and November 2015. 

Implementation Plan

The implementation plan for Stockton contains information regarding trainings in procedural justice and implicit bias as well as initial assessments of key stakeholders' attitudes going into the reconciliation process. The document goes into detail regarding unique interventions and what certain of these processes entail.

Implementation Plan Timeline

The timetable outlines the dates at which the National Initiative and Stockton stakeholders plan to be engaged in various phases of the implementation plan. 

First Site Visit Agenda: April, 2015

The National Initiative's first site visit to Stockton came in April 2015 when partners met to begin laying the foundation for the work that will take place over the next three years. The schedule included broader agenda setting with representatives from various groups and organizations as well as breakout meetings for smaller groups to discuss the strategy going forward. 


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