Office of Violence Prevention


The Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) works to significantly reduce gang/group gun violence within the city of Stockton, using data-driven partnership programs and strategies.



Our outreach workers "Peacekeepers" work with individuals at the highest risk of becoming victims and/or perpetrators of serious gun-related violence and provide positive alternatives for a healthier, non-violent lifestyle.


Operation Peacekeeper

Our outreach workers collaborate with government, community-based, and faith-based organizations to reduce group and gun violence in Stockton, reach out to high-risk individuals, and provide resources for them to avoid a gang/group lifestyle and become productive members of society. Outreach Workers (Peacekeepers) are street-wise men and women trained in:

  • conflict resolution
  • mediation 
  • mentoring
  • case management

They work with those at the highest risk for being perpetrators and/or victims of gun violence. Outreach Workers also respond to areas where violent crimes have occurred to talk with the friends and families of victims to prevent retaliation.


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

  • Clergy, violence interventionists, public and community service providers, and
  • other stakeholders committed to reducing violence.


Champion of H.O.P.E. Awards - Nominations due by 5:30 p.m., June 5, 2023

The City of Stockton Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) is now accepting nominations for the Champion of H.O.P.E. (Honoring Outstanding Prevention Efforts) Award. This award honors individuals and organizations that have made an exceptional impact on preventing community violence and promoting safety in their communities and will be awarded in three categories:

  • Youth Violence Prevention
  • Community Violence Prevention
  • Professional Achievement Award

Award announcements and presentations will take place at the Office of Violence Prevention Symposium on June 14, 2023. 


Office of Violence Prevention Inaugural Symposium 

OVP will hold an inaugural symposium, "Transforming Harm into Healing and Hope: Resilience from Gun and Gang Violence." 


Strategies & Programs

  • Operation Ceasefire
    • Partner-based violence reduction strategy using respectful, direct communication with highest-risk youth and young adults.
    • Based on the nationally recognized, evidence-based "Operation Ceasefire" strategy, which 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.



External Links

OVP Facebook Page

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 5/16/2023