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Stockton picked for pilot program to strengthen trust between police, citizens

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones holds a press conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones holds a press conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. AP

Stockton has been named one of six cities to participate in a federal pilot program to build strong relationships between citizens and police.

The $4.75 million National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice was announced by Attorney General Eric Holder. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner from Sacramento was present Thursday when the formal announcement was made in Washington D.C.

The initiative will assess the police-community relationship in pilot cities, “as well as develop a detailed site-specific plan that will enhance procedural justice, reduce bias and support reconciliation,” according to federal officials.

The other five pilot sites are Birmingham, Ala. Ft. Worth, Texas, Gary, Ind., Minneapolis, Minn., and Pittsburgh, Penn.

“Recent events across the country highlight the profound consequences where there is a lack of trust between law enforcement and the communities it serves,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “Stockton is committed to building and maintaining trust with its community, and ensuring that the difficulties experienced elsewhere do not occur here.”

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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