San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
December 31, 2019
CONTACT: Angela Hayes, Deputy District Attorney
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Homicide Rates Show Two-Year Downward Trend

Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced the first step in her Justice 2020 Initiative, a comprehensive release of data to provide information and evidence of the work accomplished by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and their partnering agencies.

As we enter a new year and a new decade, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office today released the results of this year’s homicide statistics, along with a comparison of the last decade (2010-2019).

In 2019, the number of homicides in the county remained at 52, the same as 2018, maintaining a 24% decline from 2017 and a 42% decline from the peak in 2012. There were 34 homicides in the city of Stockton in 2019, an increase of one from 2018 when the city saw a 40% decline from 2017. While one homicide is one too many, maintaining the dramatic improvements from 2018 is a major accomplishment. The good news is that in the past two years the county has not increased its murder rate and viewing per capita rates there has been a 25% decrease since 2010.

These results were achieved through the collaboration with our law enforcement partners, including the Stockton Police Department, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Justice, and in conjunction with the Office’s dedicated prosecutors who try these cases and Victim-Witness advocates who provide support to the victims of crime to navigate them through the legal process to bring the drivers of violent crime to justice. Most importantly, we would like to thank the citizens of our community; social media organizations like Stockton Crime Stoppers have enabled people to provide tips without fear of retribution, fostered an acceptance of social responsibility to the community, and a sparked a realization that enough is enough. The few who are disruptive to a peaceful society should not hold entire neighborhoods hostage to their violent disregard for the law.

Eighty percent of the homicides committed this year were gun-related, many driven by family and gang violence. In the first half of 2019, we saw a spike in the homicide rate in Stockton and the county. For the first time in many years, law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office were fully staffed and prepared to fight back against the drivers of crime. Through successful countywide action and the use of technology, many of those perpetrators were apprehended and incarcerated.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office is committed to serving the People of San Joaquin County in prosecuting and preventing violent crime. We will work with the community and our law enforcement partners to strive to make this community safer and more just. Let us embark on a path through the 2020 Justice Initiative in which we all have the same goal in that our children, our families, our friends and community leaders thrive in an environment of improving the quality of life for all members of our society. May you have a prosperous and peaceful New Year.