City of Antioch Looks to Hire More Cops

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On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council will discuss authorizing the overhire for the Antioch Police Department by up to six sworn officers above the current authorized allocated staffing level of 115 sworn officers.

According to the staff report, it is anticipated the salaries paid during this current fiscal year would come from existing salary saving from unfilled positions. Future years would have to be approved through budget appropriations.

The City of Antioch currently has 112 sworn police officers with one police trainee attending a local police academy and slated to graduate on May 8, 2020. A conditional job offer was given to a police trainee applicant, who if successful, would begin the academy in April. There is also an open recruitment for a police lieutenant position. The last remaining conditional job offer is being held for the successful applicant of this process, which means, no further conditional job offers can be given at this time.

Police say since Measure C was approved by voters in 2013, 82 officers have been hired, while 52 have separated which is a net gain of 30 police officers.  In 2020, staff projects there will be 3-6 separations which does not include unanticipated separations.

Antioch Police Attrition:

  • 2013 – 1 officer
  • 2014 – 13 officers
  • 2015 – 10 officers
  • 2016 – 6 officers
  • 2017 – 8 officers
  • 2019 – 6 officers
  • 2020 – 1 Officer — with a projection of 3-6 more officers

The typical turnaround time for candidates applying for a police officers or police trainee position to complete the hiring process is 3-6 months. Current police academies run another 6-months. Currently, a best-case scenario to fill a vacancy is 4-months and worst-case is close to 12-months.

The goal to overhire allows the police department to hire officers to help limit or eliminate any lapse in police services to the community. This is a tool that allows the police department to offer conditional job offers and does not change the allocated staffing level.

If You Go:
February 11, 2020
7:00 pm
4703 Lone Tree Way, Community Hall A
City of Antioch 94531
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