The California Highway Patrol routinely helps city police departments if they request it.
But that's usually when responding to a specific crime or traffic incident.
The Oakland and Stockton police departments are stretched so thin they're asking the CHP to increase patrols and provide traffic enforcement.
Officer James Smith is with the Stockton CHP.
SMITH: "The CHP they'll meet with each department separately to finalize any specific details for assistance and we're looking for grant funding as a possible means to defray the costs."