Stockton is another city in the Central Valley, that is close to Fresno. Just like Fresno, Stockton has been plagued with a lot of crime and violence. It is no shock that Stockton Gangs are a major contributor to these numbers of crimes.
With more than 500 people being killed in the city in the past decade and almost a thousand people being injured by gunfire, you can believe Stockton has some active gangs.
Stockton’s History of Violence
Stockton Police say the vast majority of the city’s crimes and violence is due to gang related crime.
As recently as 2018, Stockton’s Homicide numbers dropped nearly 40 percent from other the previous year, which was great news for the city, but that didn’t last too long.
in 2019, the murder rate numbers spiked back up, in the late months of 2019, there was already a documented 34 murders in the city.
These numbers made the Stockton Police department roll out a new initiative called Operation RVN, or Raven, to combat and reduce Violence in the city.
The Stockton Police and U.S. Marshalls pulled off an operation that resulted in 101 arrests, which included 42 identified gang members, which included crimes for homicide, shootings and fire arms!
Stockton Crime Rate 1999-2018 Stats
- The Stockton CA crime rate for 2018 was 1399.61 per 100,000 population, a 1.06% decline from 2017.
- The Stockton CA crime rate for 2017 was 1414.56 per 100,000 population, a 0.44% decline from 2016.
- The Stockton CA crime rate for 2016 was 1420.8 per 100,000 population, a 5.09% increase from 2015.
- The Stockton CA crime rate for 2015 was 1351.96 per 100,000 population, a 1.54% increase from 2014.
Inside Look at Stockton’s Gang Issue
Many residents of Stockton believe that Gangs are the reason for the city’s history of crimes and violence. In reality gangs are only part of the issue, and there is an underlying factor. Regardless it is important to find out why Stockton youth are joining gangs.
The Stockton Police department have documented close to 70 gangs with 30 of these gangs being active, meaning they are currently involved in crimes or gang activity.
In 1989 the Stockton PD deployed a Gang Violence Suppression Unit to counteract the gangs.
With this unit they found that that a lot of of issues stemmed from Turf related issues. Just like it is for Los Angeles Gangs.
Reports are claiming that gangs are recruiting young members as old as 12. The reasoning behind this, is due to youths not feeling accepted anywhere else. They find that the gangs are family, and are a place that they can fit in.
A good statistic to understand is that 15% of kids under the age of 18 live in a single parent household, the highest of any city in the San Joaquin County. This percentage is also higher that the state average.
Joining a gang can be connected to the lack of father figures to a lot of these kids.
Notable Gang Busts
Operation Hybrid Havoc
Operation Hybrid Havoc was an operation the Stockton PD deployed to target some gangs in the area. The gangs that they were targeting were mainly:
- Northside Gangster Crips
- Sutter Street Crips
- Flyboys/MOB/Muddy Boyz
- West Side Bloods
With this operation they were able to make 90 arrests and seize 58 guns along with drugs and money.
The operation was started due to the increase in gun violence from 2019 to 2021.
They also were able to seize:
- Of the 58 firearms recovered, 12 were ghost guns and 10 were assault weapons.
- $23,846 in U.S currency
- 394 grams of cocaine
- 959 grams of ecstasy
- 98 grams of methamphetamines
- 73 grams of heroin
- 54 grams of fentanyl
- 5.3 pounds of marijuana
Active Gangs in Stockton California
West Lane Crips, 44g Crips, Northside Gangster Crips, Sutter Street Crips, South Mob Gangster Crips, East Side Gangster Crips, Valverde Park Gangster Crips, Taliban, Fly Boys , Spring Street, South Mob Bloods, West Side Bloods, EBK.
Asian Boyz, Original Crip Gang, Asian Street Walkers, Loc Town Crips , Crazy Town Crips, Asian Gangster Crips, Bad Land Boys, Asian Crips, Down Ass Juveniles , G Blocc Gangster Crips, Bedlow Gangster Crips, Tiny Raskal Gang, Crazy Brother Clan, Insane Blood Gang, Original Blood Gang, Moonlight Strangers, Cambodian Junior Gang, Asian Pride, Menace of Destruction, Hmong National Society.
South Side Stocktone, Triple Six Gang, Sixth Street Nortenos, Barrio Conway, North Side Nortenos, East Side Nortenos, Oak Park Nortenos (maybe not active), West Side Gangsters, Pilgrim Street Gangsters , Central Stockton Locos, Clay Street Nortenos, Seventh Street Nortenos, Valverde Park Nortenos, VLL, Playboy Surenos, Vickystown 13.
Sons of Samoa, True Pinoy Crips, Muddy Boys, Silent Money Boys.