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Stockton PD, CA has been ahead of the curve in using data-driven strategies to reduce gun violence through smart deployment and engaging their community. In 2012, the agency faced budget, staffing, and crime challenges many agencies are seeing today. To address those challenges, then newly-appointed Chief Eric Jones initiated a new strategy to address firearm crime using data analysis to deploy resources more efficiently, prevent crime and interrupt violence.
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Eric Jones, Chief of Police
Stock Police Department, Stockton, California
Eric Jones began his career with the Stockton Police Department in 1993 as a police officer. He became a departmental trainer and instructor and then promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief over the decades. He was responsible for numerous police programs such as the Explosive Ordnance Detail, Critical Incident Investigations, Mobile Command Post Team, SWAT, and the Crisis Negotiations Team. In March 2012, Eric was appointed as the 49th Chief of Police for the Stockton Police Department.
Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University. He also completed The Harvard Kennedy School Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and is a member of the FBI National Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Eric is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, California Police Chiefs Association and was president of the Central Sierra Police Chiefs Association, representing 62 police departments. He is an Executive Fellow with the Washington DC Police Foundation, and chairs the California Police Chiefs Association Evidence-Based Policing Working Group.
Eric leads the Stockton Police Department in contemporary intelligence-led policing methods and created Stockton’s Real-Time-Policing concepts. He also created the Department’s first Community Response Teams and Community Advisory Board. Eric authored the 2012 Violence Reduction Initiative for Stockton in 2015. Eric developed and led “principled policing” with the California State Department of Justice for statewide training, also leading to Stockton being only one of six sites for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice; and in 2017, he founded the Stockton Alliance for Equity (SAFE) Coalition for Criminal Justice Leaders. He has received national awards and recognition (DOJ/Destination Zero) and his work was profiled in July 2016 in the New York Times, in June 2017 in USA Today and in the Los Angeles Times in July 2020.