Senator Boxer: Funding for Stockton to Fight Gangs
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The Senate’s Appropriations Committee recently approved the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (S.3182). I am happy to let you know that funding that I requested for Stockton’s Operation Peacekeepers was included in this bill. This funding is aimed at quelling the intense and frequent violent crime committed by at-risk youth, many of whom are gang affiliated. Currently, there are 2,660 documented gang members in over 90 identifiable gangs in Stockton.
The Operation Peacekeepers program will help improve the lives of at-risk youth by providing them with the support and tools to succeed in life. I am pleased that this funding will strengthen anti-gang initiatives for Stockton-area youth. When I visited with Mayor Chavez and local law enforcement leaders in Stockton last year, I learned first hand the need for programs such as Operation Peacekeepers to combat the gang problem in Stockton.
These funds are intended to cover overtime pay for six Youth Gang Outreach Workers. In addition, funding will be used to cover the costs of books, GED testing, school tuition, tutoring, and other needs of at-risk youth, offering them a different path than gang affiliation.
This bill still has several steps to go before it becomes law. However, having the program included at this initial stage is a very important step. You can count on me to continue to work for federal funding for this important program that will serve Stockton.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer