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STOCKTON - Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva has turned over to police eight badges he ordered for his private security staff.

Silva said in a written statement he's done "nothing wrong", but said the badge controversy was producing too much attention.

It was last week Silva revealed he'd bought the badges for his security people and himself. He said they were needed in some neighborhoods where he does work as mayor.

But the mayor's move brought criticism because the badges looked so much like actual police badges and because there were questions if the mayor was following city code for having private security.

The following is Silva's statement Monday regarding the badge issue.

I am disappointed but not surprised at the level of attention my private purchase has caused. I have done nothing wrong but am concerned about the level of public resources that will be wasted in order to prove that. Because of that, and because I believe our City has more pressing issues to focus on right now, I have decided not to fight this fight. Instead, in an effort to save precious public resources, I have turned the badges over to the Police Department for safe keeping while we conduct additional research to ensure that the security company I use in the future has met all requirements of the municipal code. I hope this brings this issue to an end so we can give our full attention to exiting bankruptcy, reducing crime, and creating jobs.

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