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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

July 16, 2009

www.atf.gov

Contacts: Nina Delgadillo, PIO, ATF

(888) 416-4533

Officer Pete Smith, PIO, Stockton Police Department

(888) 416-4533, (209) 937-8209 or (209) 403-0545

ATF, Stockton PD Team Up To Offer Reward For Information To Reduce Violent Gun Crime

Stockton, Calif. — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Acting Special Agent in Charge San Francisco Field Division Jeffery E. Vind, and Interim Police Chief Blair Ulring of the Stockton Police Department (SPD) today announced that ATF will offer up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest, complaint, or indictment of anyone who possesses an illegal firearm or is carrying, selling or using firearms illegally.

ATF and SPD developed a crime gun interdiction strategy with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office identified as Operation Steel Harvest. Operation Steel Harvest involves proactive investigations, an analysis of where crime guns are recovered, as well as where acts of violence involving guns occur. The reward for this program is an integral part of the overall strategy to reduce violent gun crime in the city of Stockton.

During the past 15 months, ATF and the SPD have purchased 93 firearms in an undercover capacity, to include assault weapons, rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers that were previously in the hands of convicted felons, prohibited persons, firearms traffickers and armed narcotics dealers. Law enforcement officials are hopeful that the Reward for Information program will initiate additional leads to identify illegal gun activity that is the root of violent gun crime.

“Violent crime affects everyone. Our goal is to find and target those individuals who choose to break the law by possessing illegal guns, or carrying, selling or using guns illegally. We want those guns in our evidence vaults instead of the hands of criminals,” said Vind.

“These tough economic times require local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to pool resources to combat violent crime. The partnership with ATF reflects our ongoing commitment to work together to protect the citizens of Stockton against the illegal flow of firearms,” said Ulring.

Anyone having information on illegal gun activity should call 1-800-ATF-GUNS (1-800-283-4867). ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating federal firearms violations.

More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.

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