In a move to help two law enforcement agencies struggling to combat their cities' crime-riddled areas, the California Highway Patrol announced Thursday that it would be sending a contingent of officers to support the Stockton and Oakland police departments.
Authorities said the additional CHP officers will help the local departments increase patrols in high-crime areas and conduct additional traffic-enforcement operations.
The CHP officers will be pulled from neighboring offices throughout the two geographical areas, authorities reported. The CHP said that it will seek federal grant funding as a possible method of defraying some of the cost of the deployments.
Oakland police Chief Howard A. Jordan embraced the assistance to his thinly-spread department, calling it both "needed and welcome."
"Despite improvements and continued progress, the reality is that the men and women of this department are stretched thin and our city continues to have vast needs for which I am responsible," he stated. "At least in the short term, this scale between needs and resources is not shifting for the better, but my commitment remains firm."
"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 Gov. Brown," Jordan added.
Eric Jones, Stockton police chief, also credited Brown's swift response in giving the CHP the approval to help tackle his city's issues, as well as CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow for supplying the manpower.
San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore also weighed in on the regional effort in Stockton, saying he supports the "regional collaborative effort, and the Sheriff's Office stands ready to assist as we do with the countywide gang task force."
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