Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando reported Tuesday night that Part 1 Crime in Antioch has been reduced by 7.1% percent while arrests are up by 15 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014.
According to the statistics, which compared the years 2015 vs. 2014, the city had 7 homicides last year when compared to 9 in 2014. The city also had 40 less robbery cases (down 12.5%) and 35 less aggravated assaults (down 7.5%) when compared to last year. Overall, violent crime is down 9.2 percent.
Adult arrests saw in increase of 20.6 percent (an increase of 737 arrests) while juvenile arrests were decreased by 11.4 percent (655 less arrests).
During its proactive details in 2015, the Antioch Police held 71 operations netting 253 cases with 323 people arrested with 17 guns seized and 1,476 enforcement contacts with 308 citations.
Although Part 1 Crime was down, the Police Department overall had an increase in Calls for Service by 3.9 percent when compared to this time last year (an increase of 3,100 calls, or 8.49 calls per day). They have received 83,517 calls for service with 8,124being Priority 1 calls. Another 39,116 were listed as Priority 2.
Police response times have dropped from 10:36 minutes in 2014 to 10:06 seconds in 2015.
The K9 unit had 139 arrests with 21 physical apprehensions.
According to the data, the Police Department has seen an overall 2.7% reduction in its traffic calls for service, however, they have seen an increase of 14.7 percent in traffic accidents with injuries (288-total). Non-injury accidents were down nearly 14 percent (1,230-total). Antioch has also had traffic fatalities double from 3 in 2014 to 6 in 2015. DUI’s have also increased by 3% to 203 total.
Antioch Mayor Wade Harper stated he was pleased that crime was down. He was then quick to point out that anytime they say crime is down people or the media will say otherwise but the city is just putting out the statistics.
Councilwoman Monica Wilson asked how can crime be down if arrests are up.
“In 2014 if you have 10 burglaries, of those burglaries, you arrested 5 people. In 2015, you have 10 burglaries, but you had 8 arrest. Crime did not go up or down but you arrested more people,” explained Cantando.
Councilman Tony Tiscareno stated he was glad to hear crime is being reduced and really appreciated the traffic division coming back. He asked about crime suppression and if it can be expanded.
Cantando highlighted we they will continue to work crime suppression details but could not expand it due to budget and staffing but instead trying to focus on different things and not only violent crime.
Chief Cantando noted that the police department has hired a total of 33 officers since 11/1/2013 – 1/5/2016. He noted that they have had 24 total number of separations including 14 retirements, 6 resignations and 4 terminations.
In total, Antioch Police have a net staffing level change of 9 after more than 1,216 applicants.
- 102 Authorized Sworn positions including the Chief
- 92 Full-time positions are filled
- 2 Recruits are in the academy are set to graduate in March 18, 2016
- 4 recruits began the academy on January 11, 2016.
Chief Cantando noted the department has had 391 applications with 56 candidates invited to oral boards with 23 placed on the eligibility list
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