Eric Jones began his career with the Stockton Police Department in 1993, as a Police Officer. He became a Departmental Trainer and Instructor, and then promoted to Sergeant in 1999. In March 2003, he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was a Watch Commander and Internal Affairs Commander. Eric became a Police Captain in 2005, and then was appointed as Deputy Chief of Police in March 2008. He was responsible numerous police programs such as the Explosive Ordnance Detail, Critical Incident Investigations, Mobile Command Post Team, SWAT, and the Crisis Negotiations Team. In September 2011, Eric Jones was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, and then in March 2012, he was appointed as the 49th Chief of Police for the Stockton Police Department.
Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University. He also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and is a member of the FBI National Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Eric is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, California Police Chiefs Association, and was President of the Central and Sierra Police Chiefs Association, representing 62 municipal police departments. He leads the Stockton Police Department in contemporary intelligence-led policing methods, and created Stockton’s Real-Time-Policing concepts. He also created the Department’s first Community Response Teams, National Policing Institute, and Community Advisory Board. Eric authored the 2012 Violence Reduction Initiative for Stockton. In 2015, Eric developed and led “Principled Policing” with the California State Department of Justice for statewide training, also leading to Stockton being one of only six sites for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, and in 2017, he founded the Stockton Alliance for Equity (SAFE) Coalition for Criminal Justice Leaders. He has received national awards and recognition (DOJ/Destination Zero) and his work was profiled in July 2016 in the New York Times.