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Antioch City Council Agrees to Apply for State Grant to Help Reduce Gun Violence

by ECT
Antioch Police

On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council approved an action in a 5-0 vote to direct staff to apply for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant Program. This would be for a period of 5 years in an effort to reduce gun violence

Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe stated that the Community Led Violence Solutions Ad-Hoc committee looked at and gave the city manager their “hearty recommendation” to move forward.

City Councilmember Lori Ogorchock made the motion to apply for the grant which would be for 5-years. The item was seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Mike Barbanica. The item then passed 5-0 without any discussion or public comments.

The vote came a day after Antioch had its first homicide shooting of 2022.

If Antioch is ultimately awarded the grant, the grant program funds may be used to support, expand, and replicate evidence-based violence reduction initiatives that seek to interrupt cycles of violence in adversely impacted communities throughout the City of Antioch.

According to Antioch Police 2021 Crime Data, the City of Antioch experienced a 40% surge in gun violence. It also shows arson, robberies, rapes dropped the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, homicides increased from seven to eight and aggravated assaults, which involved gun violence increased exponentially 39.8%, from 264 to 369—the city says based on gun violence data, it can be predicted gun violence will increase in the coming year.

CalVIP Grant Program funding would be earmarked and allocated to reduce gun violence in adversely impacted communities throughout the City of Antioch and focus on the target population that could benefit from CalVIP funding.

The funding is made available through Assembly Bill 1063 which was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in Oct of 2019.

During the grant period, the CalVIP grants will be awarded for a 42-month term, from 7/1/2022 to 12/31/2025. The first three years (7/1/2022 to 6/30/25) are for implementation and service delivery. The last six months (7/1/2025 to 12/31/2025) are for completion of the financial audit and final evaluation report.

CalVIP grants must be used to support, expand, and replicate evidence-based reduction initiatives that seek to interrupt cycles of violence. Strategies eligible for funding could include but are not limited to: hospital based-violence intervention programs, youth violence reduction programs, evidence-based street outreach programs, and focused deterrence strategies.

Target population and impacted communities are the beneficiary of grant funds. Initiatives funded by CalVIP must be primarily focused on providing violence intervention and prevention services to the small segment of the population and impacted communities that are identified as having the highest risk of perpetrating or being victimized by gun violence in the near future. City applicants must agree to distribute at least 50% of the grant funds it receives to one or more of the following:

a) Community Based Organizations or

b) public agencies that are primarily dedicated to community safety or violence If granted, CalVIP grantees will be required to submit quarterly progress reports, a Local Evaluation Plan (6 months post-award) and a Final Local Evaluation Report.

 

2020 Crime Statistics

Although the Antioch City Council has not placed the Police Department on an agenda to present its 2020 crime data, information has been provided showing what police dealt with in 2020 including Part 1 Crime, response times and use of force complaints.

Antioch Part 1 Crime

Violent Crime – 593

  • 1% – homicide
  • 7 % – Rape
  • 24% – Robbery
  • 68% – aggravated assault

Property Crimes – 2,719

  • 1% – arson
  • 17% – burglary
  • 21% – Auto Theft
  • 61% – Theft

CHART

2019 2020 #change % change
Homicide 12 9 -3 -25%
Rape 55 40 -15 -27.3%
Robbery 238 142 -96 -40%
Aggravated Assault 343 400 57 16.6%
Total violent crime 648 591 -57 -8.8
Burglary 511 464 -47 -9.2%
Theft 2078 1682 -396 -19.1%
Auto Theft 610 573 -37 -6.1%
Total Property crime 3199 2719 -480 -15%
Total Part 1 Crime 3847 3310 -537 -14%

44.7% reduction in violent crime Since 2012

  • Homicide – 10% reduction 9 vs. 10
  • Robbery – 61.8% reduction 400 vs 657
  • Assault – 39.1% reduction 142 vs 372
  • Rape – 37.9% increase but remember, definition changed

42.8% reduction in Property Crime since 2012

  • Burglary – 73.3% reduction 464 vs 1,741
  • Motor Vehicle Theft – 47.7% reduction – 573 vs. 1096
  • Larceny/Theft – 12.4% reduction – 1,682 vs. 1920
  • Arson – 7.8% reduction – 47 vs. 51

Response Times

According to data, the 2020 response time for Priority 1 calls is at 7:36 minutes compared to 11:04 minutes in 2012 or a 31.3% faster response—last year, police had 6,544 emergency priority 1 calls. Priority 2 calls have dropped from 32:45 minutes to 22:22 minutes.

Juvenile Arrests

Since Measure W was passed in 2012, Antioch police arrested 932 juveniles that year. In 2020, that number dropped to just 213 juvenile arrests. That is lower than 2019 which had 310 juvenile arrests which the number has dropped every year.

Adult Arrests

Between 2012-2020, police have arrested between 3,137 to 4,320 adults each year. In 2020, police made 3,174 arrests. The most arrests came in 2015 at 4,320 adult arrests.

  • Asian – 25
  • Black – 1,640
  • Filipino – 15
  • Hispanic – 710
  • Other – 89
  • Pacific Islander – 13
  • White – 895

Arrests occurred after a citizen call 57% of the time whereas 42% were officer initiated and 1% labeled as “other”.  Of the arrests, 1,468 were felony while 1,919 were misdemeanors.

 

Use of Force

Out of 92,550 calls for service, force was used to effect arrest in 89 incidents – or 0.096% of calls. Total arrests were 3,387 with just 89 incidents using force.  Police said actions completing use of force include assault on officer combative subject, resisting arrest or non-compliance.

 

Complaints

Antioch Police received a total of 24 total complaints with 39 allegations and 47 involved employees with 72 allocations.

  • Standards of Conduct – 16
  • Search & Seizure – 4
  • Report Preparation/Investigation – 6
  • Records Maintenance & Release – 1
  • Not Specified – 0
  • Bias Based Profiling – 3
  • Use of force – 9
  • Property & Evidence – 0

In 2019, they had 27 total complaints along with 1 complaint for Bias Based Profiling along with 6 use of force complaints. In 2018, they had 33 total complaints with 0 Biased Based Profiling and 4 use of force.

Antioch Past Crime Data

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