STOCKTON, CA - San Joaquin County prosecutor Janet Smith painted a bleak picture of the current crime picture for Stockton.
First, she said criminals are aware the police department has had a large reduction in the number of officers.
"We have an active community in regards to gang activity. The reality is they're aware when law enforcement is cut, they're aware of resources diminishing. There's a better opportunity of getting away with criminal activity," said Smith.
Smith is handling the case of three men accused in the fatal stabbing of a man outside the Waterfront Warehouse earlier this month. She said the rise in criminal activity around the city has made it more difficult for police to file reports as quickly as they have in the past.
She said fewer officers on the streets have returned Stockton to an unpleasant time in history.