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Police officers post billboards to stop layoffs in Stockton

Monday, May 31, 2010
Police officers in Stockton start an aggressive advertising campaign to help stop more layoffs to their department.

Police officers in Stockton start an aggressive advertising campaign to help stop more layoffs to their department. (KGO Photo)

Police officers in Stockton hope an aggressive advertising campaign helps stop a wave of layoffs that has been depleting their ranks.

One billboard welcomes visitors to "The second most dangerous city in California." So far the police officers union has put up five billboards and they plan to have 25.

"The bottom line is we're working barebones now, we cannot stand to layoff another 58 officers," says Stockton Police Officer Sean Fenner.

"We cannot sustain the contracts we have now. We cannot pay for the people we have employed today without concessions from the union. That is the fiscal reality we're dealing with," says Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston.

The city faces a $23 million budget deficit. The police and fire departments make up just more than three-quarters of Stockton's entire city budget.

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