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Stockton's violence prevention office sees new faces for new year


STOCKTON, CA – Working in the office of violence prevention in Stockton, Denise Manning can relate to the issues and problems she’s about to deal with. 

“When I was 16 I had a boyfriend who was stabbed to death.  He was buried on my 17th birthday,” said Manning.

Manning would leave Stockton for the military and travel the world. She’s now the community engagement coordinator in the city’s violence prevention office.  

The first big step for the office is the creation of a community engagement coalition. 

“Churches, non profits, individuals who are passionate about getting back to high risk youth.  There will be a date next month when we hold the first annual meeting for the coalition.   We want to know who’s interested.  We want to get everyone on board,” she said.

Manning works under La Tosha Walden who brings experience with Probation and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.  Manning said the goal of the office is a community awareness and effort to break the cycle of violence.

“Out of this group will form a stop the violence movement.  I don’t think it requires on dollars.  It requires all of us to get in one place, shake hands and to have a conversation about how to stop and prevent violence in Stockton,” Manning said.

Walden and Manning take the place of Jessica Glynn, the first person appointed to run the violence prevention office. Glynn was fired within a few months and had no Stockton connection other than her husband’s employment with University of the Pacific. That won’t be a concern with the new employees.

“Everyone wants the crime to stop.  No one wants to read in the paper every morning there’s been another homicide.  We’re sick of it.  We’re sick and tired,” Manning said.