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Violent crime up in Sacramento and Stockton
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SACRAMENTO, CA- Violent crime in Sacramento and Stockton saw a modest increase in the first six months of 2010.

FBI crime statistics showed the number of violent crimes in Sacramento for the period stood at 2,157 incidents, up by 112 from the first 6 months of 2009.

In Stockton, there were 1,941 violent crimes for the period, compared to 1,864 during the same time in 2009, an increase of 77.

Most other major cities in California saw drops in violent crime. It was not immediately clear why.

"We did see an increase from 2009 and 2010. It was very minimal, and we are very fortunate for that," said Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Officer Laura Peck.

The increase was not unexpected. In May of 2010, Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel predicted a possible spike in violent crime because of major budget cuts that left fewer officers on the street. Braziel said major cuts to the social safety net and prison system were almost certain to bring a jump in violent crime.

"You've got an inmate coming out early into a system where there's no jobs and they've got no support system because the support services have all gone away," said Braziel.

Of even more concern, said Peck, is that law enforcement budgets are expected to see more cuts in the months ahead.

"We can only stretch so thin. And he (Braziel) has reallocated resources and moved personnel around and there's just not much more he can cut," Peck said

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