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    Hey guys I was hoping to get some info on Antioch Pd. I'm looking at lateraling to them from Modesto Pd. I have been an officer for 8yrs, but looking for something new. I know they have had some financial problems in the past and was hoping to get a current opinion on the department. Any info would be helpful.

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    From Contra Costa Times on 2/12. Not sure if you saw this. I would think APD would be very similar in activity to what you are seeing at MPD just in a smaller agency where everybody knows each other.

    ANTIOCH -- This city's police staffing level is the same now as it was in 1995.

    Police Chief Allan Cantando spelled out the harsh reality of the state of Antioch's 88-sworn officer police department during a presentation at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

    The concern about public safety prompted each member of the City Council to say something must be done, insinuating that they would consider asking the community if it would support some kind of tax for police services.

    The figures for the end of 2012 mirrored what Cantando presented during quarterly reports earlier in the year: Violent crime was up 30.6 percent from 2011 and total crime up 24.2 percent, including substantial increases in burglaries
    and aggravated assaults, while arrests were down 13.6 percent.

    "I'm not satisfied with the level of policing that we're providing. I feel frustrated. I know officers feel frustrated that they are not able to provide the service that they want to," Cantando said. "We're all feeling it."

    Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha added, "One of the things I don't think people realize is how much we've lost."

    The city had 126 sworn officers before the economic downturn.

    Cantando also laid out the cost to bring the department back to its old "status quo" of 126 sworn officers and a more desirable 144 sworn officers, and what positions they would fill. He estimated the cost for the 126 would be about $3.4 million and about $6.8 million for
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    "We wanted to see the numbers to look at what do we need," Mayor Wade Harper said. "One of the things we're going to have to do is come before the community and figure out what the will of the people is. How are we going to pay for more officers and make us safer."

    Added Rocha: "We can't take it anymore. It's got to come out of our pockets, there's no buts about it. (The city) doesn't have the money."

    The cash-strapped city has an operating budget of about $34 million, with a modest revenue shortfall projected for the upcoming fiscal year despite some increases in property values and sales tax.

    Councilman Gary Agopian pointed out how "brutal honest" the 1995 Antioch figures Cantando showed were, especially that the city had 30,000 fewer residents and about 35,000 fewer calls for service.

    "I'm as conservative fiscally as they come. But I am convinced that Antioch, the central biggest home run it can hit, is staffing up its police department," he said.

    Steve Huddleston, a 23-year resident and Neighborhood Watch block captain on Tompkins Way, put it bluntly.

    "We need to get a measure on a ballot, because of the fact that crime is getting so bad," he said. "We're the eyes and ears of the city, and we need your help."

    Several Neighborhood Watch members and concerned residents filled the council chambers Tuesday, sharing stories about houses being shot up, ransacking, problem houses and slow response times.

    "This has got to stop," resident Shelley French said.

    Antioch school district officials also spoke in support of the police department, urging the council to find a way to bring back school resource officers.

    Concord, Fairfield and Richmond were similar-sized cities mentioned at the meeting. Those cities have 151, 119 and 185 sworn officers, respectively.

    Public safety will be discussed at a community forum 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Antioch High.
    If you see me running try to keep up!

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    • #3
      MPD223, I attempted to send you a private message (PM) but it doesn't appear you have enabled that function. If you can drop me a PM.
      Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies. Leeroy, yes I've seen that article. Hockeyfan, I enabled my pm setting.

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        • #5
          I've tried to reply to the pm's, but I guess I don't have enough post.

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          • #6
            The City of Antioch has struggled with money issues since well before the housing crisis. They built that beautiful PD in the early 90's and have had money problems ever since. I worked in CoCo County for about 14 years and did numerous investigations in the east county. APD was always understaffed and call stacked. I suspect you'd be trading what you have at MPD for similar conditions in a different zip code. Sac PD has money now due to a ballot measure and will be hiring many in the near future. With [email protected] people from my generation coming into retirement age special assignment and promotional opportunities will exist there. The city is a little liberal but nowhere near Davis or Berkeley.

            Good luck. If you are set on CoCo County I recommend Concord PD or if you can stick out jail time CCCSO. Walnut Creek is hiring entry levels and laterals as well but after 8 years at MPD you would be bored there.

            The only caveat to CCCSO is I'm not sure how reciprocity and the new pension reform work together. I know if you lateral to a PERS agency you can have the pension that they were offering as of December 12 but I don't know how that works if you are going from PERS to a 37 act county.
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            • #7
              Well it's been a while, but I just submitted my application to APD. I wanted to see if anyone else has gone through the process and how long it takes.

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              • #8
                Just ran into an old friend who works for APD. He loves it and is having a great time chasing stolens around. Sounds like thin staffing but they don't bother with a lot of bs
                If you see me running try to keep up!

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                • #9
                  Thanks leeroy, hopefully it works outs.

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                  • #10
                    Reviving old thread.

                    Looking for current Antioch PD information for lateral move. Anyone care to chime in.
                    point am i clear?

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