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New Foundation Accepting Contributions to Fight Crime in Stockton

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(Stockton, CA)
Monday, January 28, 2013
It's no secret the City of Stockton has money problems. Stockton also has a major crime problem and not enough officers to fight it.

Police Chief Eric Jones is hoping a new Stockton Police Foundation will be able to raise enough money to help the department buys the tools the city can't afford.

JONES:  "We have significant technological needs, with our lower staffing we need to play smarter than ever before, and we have some software and hardware needs to be able to have the most up to date crime analysis abilities."

A citizen board, not police, would raise funds and donations would be tax deductible.
Jones says the money could also be used to hire part time officers to take prisoners to jail.
JONES: "What that will do is shave off about an hour of an officer's time which means you are getting the officer back on the streets faster."
Jones says he expects the foundation will have its fund-raising website up and running within about a week.
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