On July 16th, the Stockton Police Department in California responded to a call about a bank robbery at the Bank of the West. When the officers arrived the three robbers fled, taking three hostages with them. Officers gave chase and exchanged fire with the robbers, who had a number of semi-automatic weapons including an AK-47 rifle. The chase ended with the death of one of the hostages.
In order to understand the incident as fully as possible, and to examine all aspects of its response to the robbery and hostage-taking, the Stockton Police Department has commissioned an independent review of all aspects of the July 16th events. The department selected the Police Foundation to conduct this review and has made it clear they expect a thorough, comprehensive examination.
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones said, “We believe it’s essential that our department learn all it can from this tragic event – but also that agencies everywhere learn all they can from it. If there are lessons to be learned or ways to improve how an agency responds to this kind of critical, complex event, we want to share those lessons as openly and as broadly as we can.”