Office of Violence Prevention

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The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) works to significantly reduce violence in the City of Stockton through data-driven, partnership-based violence prevention and reduction programs, and strategies rooted in best practices.


OVP coordinates inter-agency working partnerships with community leaders including:

  • clergy, gang outreach, public and community service providers, and
  • other stakeholders committed to reducing violence.


Community Engagement 2017

Join us for the Stop the Violence Night on Friday, August 11, 2017.


For any questions about future meetings, please contact LaTosha Walden


Peacekeeper Video Series

The Office of Violence Prevention receives lots of questions about Peacekeepers. To highlight the Peacekeepers and the work they do, OVP developed a series of videos to help answer these questions.

Videos will be posted to YouTube, with links available from this page:

  • July 20 – “Who are the Peacekeepers?  Who they are and what they do” (YouTube) 
    • This introductory video features an interview with LaTosha Walden, OVP Manager; includes some Peacekeepers who share why they have chosen this vocation.
  • August 2 – “What is a Peacekeeper?  Helping to make our City safer” (YouTube)
    • This second video provides a more in-depth view of the work of each of the Peacekeepers, also called Outreach Workers, featuring some clients who have left gangs.
  • August 16 – “How do Peacekeepers Overcome Obstacles?  Removing barriers” (YouTube)
    • The relationship building process is the focus of this third video, sharing specific activities and how Peacekeepers help clients with basic life needs and decisions. The mother of one client shares how Peacekeepers saved her son from a life of behaviors that had put his life at-risk.
  • August 30 – “How are Peacekeepers Changing Lives?  Making transformations”
    • This final video shares the positive transformation of clients and their families, in their own words.


OVP Programs

The inOVP Group Photoitial OVP program emphasis is Operation Ceasefire, a partner-based violence reduction strategy that uses respectful, direct communication with highest risk youth and young adults.


Stockton's Ceasefire approach is based upon the nationally recognized, evidence-based "Operation Ceasefire" strategy that has produced multi-year, community-wide reductions in serious violence in cities across the country. 


Operation Peacekeeper mentors youth and young adults with the highest risk of gang involvement, particularly serious gun-related violence, and provides positive alternatives for a healthier, non-violent lifestyle. 




OVP Reports

Global Status Report  on Violence Prevention 2014 (292 pages)

Braga Report Stockton (63 pages)

Braga Evaluation of Boston Reentry Initiative (24 pages)


External Links

There are currently no external links.

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 8/16/2017