The California Highway Patrol is deploying officers as early as next week to assist the police departments in Stockton and Oakland.
“We look forward to working with the professional men and women of the Oakland and Stockton police departments to help protect public safety,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
The additional CHP officers will help local departments increase patrols in high-crime areas and conduct additional traffic-enforcement operations. CHP is meeting with the departments to finalize specific details of the assistance.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said, “I wish to thank Governor Brown for authorizing the CHP to participate in the effort and Commissioner Farrow for his assistance,” said Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones.
San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore also weighed in on the regional effort in Stockton.
“I support this regional collaborative effort, and the Sheriff’s Office stands ready to assist as we do with the countywide gang task force,” Moore said.
The CHP officers will be pulled from neighboring CHP offices throughout the two geographical areas. CHP will seek federal grant funding as a possible means of defraying some of the cost of these deployments.
The collaboration and support we have received from the California Highway Patrol is needed and welcome,” noted Oakland Police Chief Howard A. Jordan. “The Oakland Police Department and the California Highway Patrol have proven to be effective partners, and I look forward to strengthening our collaboration in renewed and combined service to Oakland. I appreciate the help, support, and quick response from Governor Brown.”