On Tuesday, Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks reported during his hour-long presentation that Part 1 Crime was down by 11.5% when compared to 2018 with 513 fewer incidents with a total of 3,932 incidents.
Violent crime remained flat as they had just 5-less calls in 2018 (602) when compared to 2017 (607). Overall, in 2018, Antioch Police saw a total of 88,123 calls for service versus 89,321 in 2017—an average of 3.2 less calls per day. In 2016, the police department had 87,285 calls for service.
In 2018, Antioch saw 7 homicides (a reduction of 3), 56 rapes (an increase by 5), 213 robberies (a reduction by 17), and 326 aggravated assaults (an increase by 10). Overall, total violent crime in Antioch was down by 0.8% with 602 incidents (a decrease by 5 when compared to 2017.)
Brooks addressed the homicides saying of the 7 homicides, two of them were from one incident where it was a domestic violence incident in which two people were killed. One was a dispute and the other four were drug, gang or retaliation related.
In 2018, of the 56 rapes, the statistics show that 87% of the victims of rape stated the responsible was a family member or acquaintance. 4% did not reveal and 9% did not know. He added that of the cases, 16% were delayed reporting by more than a year and did not happen in 2018.
Brooks explained that in 2018, nearly 2/3 of the robberies occurred at night and if a weapon was used during a robbery, 2/3 of those occurred at night. Out of the 213 total robberies in 2018, 54% were armed while 46% were strong-arm robberies.
In terms of property crime, the city saw a decrease by 13.2% with 3,330 incidents which was a decrease of 508 incidents when compared to 2017. It was reported that there were 641 burglaries, 2,087 thefts, and 602 auto thefts.
“The violent crime in 2018 is the lowest out of that entire 10 year period. So there is not any other year on that 10 year period that is lower than the amount of violent crime that we had last year,” explained Brooks. “When you look at just the last seven years, however, starting with 2012 which was probably one of the worst crime years that we had here in the city of Antioch, you will see we have had six straight years of reduced crime in the city of Antioch. Every year since 2012 our crime rate has gone down at least a little bit.”
Brooks added that while the numbers are down, crime is still too high.
“I just want to make one thing perfectly clear. In 2012 Antioch was considered in the top 10 most violent cities in the state of California. We are not that any longer. However, even though we see those large numbers of reduction and are violent property in Part 1 Crime, Antioch still has a crime rate is too high for me. I’m sure too high for our residents, and too high for our businesses,” stated Brooks. “However, I still consider the direction that we’re going to be successful. So I’m not saying that we don’t have any crime, I’m just saying that compared to 2012 we have made significant strides in improving the crime picture in our city.”
When it came to residential burglaries, 1 in 4 did not require force which Brooks said meant the home was unlocked when the burglary took place. He said data showed that a majority of those were garage burglaries.
“There was a huge decrease in auto thefts last year. It’s actually the lowest level on that tenure comparison. I would like to tell you that that’s still continuing, but I will say that so far this year we have seen a spike and so we’re not quite sure what the reason for the reduction was last year or what the reason for the spike is this year, but we are currently investigating that,” said Brooks.
Brooks also reported that the dispatch call volume was down 17% with a total of 199,073. In 2017 they had a total of 214,624 calls. 9-1-1 calls were down 3% at 59,811 total calls. The total calls for service was listed at 88,123 in 2018 compared to 89,321 calls for service in 2017.
- Currently listed at 98 officers
- 894 applied for the Antioch Police Department – 1 in 7 made it onto eligibility list. Of that 1/10 were actually hired
- Measure C – since Nov. 2013, Antioch Police have hired 61-offices, net staffing levels + 16.
Brooks said Antioch Police are still the lowest per capita staffed police department not only in Contra Costa County, but other cities similar in population size in the Bay Area.
Dispatch/Response Time: Meanwhile, police response time increased for Prior 1 calls from 8-minutes 46-seconds in 2017 to 8-minutes 54-seconds in 2018.
Brooks explained that when the police department was staffed at 126 officers it was at around 7-minutes which is significantly lower than today.
Traffic: In terms of traffic, police saw 7 fatal crashes, 264 injury crashes and 353 non-injury crashes. They also saw 177 misdemeanor DUI’s (an increase of 24%) and 26 felony DUI’s (an increase of 13%).
K9 Unit – Fully staffed with 410 deployments resulting in 124 arrests, along with 19 physical apprehensions with 18 demonstrations.
Community Engagement Team: 30 felony arrests, 134 Misdemeanor Arrest, Mental Health Evaluation Team had 150 cases, along with 41 coordinated efforts with Code Enforcement with homeless encampment abatement.
Parking Enforcement: 2,265 tickets, 1,637 towed vehicles, 101 recovered vehicles.
Community Cameras (Sycamore Corridor): 230 arrests in auto related crimes (248% increase)
Community Camera (Cavallo Corridor): 99 arrests (57% increase)
Use of Force: 88,123 calls for service and only 84 calls were deemed use of force (0.1%).
“During these events we run into violent, aggressive, belligerent, uncooperative, sometimes people under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possibly people suffering from mental illness. And obviously our goal is to deescalate and gain compliance without utilizing force. Sometimes that’s not always possible, but you would see that we try and use force, only when necessary. And of the 88,123 calls for service, we went to, we had 84 reportable uses of force, which is one 10th of 1%,” said Brooks.
“With four one hundredths of 1%. I think we’re doing a pretty good job and I think it demonstrates our agency is committed to fair and respectful treatment to our citizens,” said Brooks.
Animal Services: Brooks explained that 3,196 animals still come into Animal Services each year. He further explained that in 2014, they had 161 animals that died in their care, last year, it was down to 33.
“These are just absolutely staggering numbers that truly demonstrate just the wonderful work that’s going on in our shelter,” said Brooks. He added that they have seen the number of owner surrendered animals drop from 332 in 2017 to 286 in 2018 thanks to their Pet Retention Program where they prevented 2019 owned animal surrenders.