ANTIOCH (AP) — The head of the Antioch Police Department is offering a bleak outlook about staffing levels at the department.

Antioch police Chief Jim Hyde told the City Council on Tuesday that his department has a 35 percent vacancy rate, including 50 unfilled positions and vacancies where officers are on injury or military leave.

The Contra Costa Times reports that the department has avoided layoffs of sworn officers, but Hyde says the department may have to lay off anywhere between one to ten offices, depending on the city’s budget.

Hyde said detectives may have to be put back on patrol, while the department may also have to stop investigating property crimes.

The chief’s assessment comes a week before Antioch voters decide whether to approve a half-cent sales tax aimed at restoring some city services.

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Comments (11)
  1. M.R. says:

    This is all about intimidating Antioch voters to pass a sales tax increase, that would not be obligated to go to the police department. This in a city where the City Council majority has found it convenient to spend money on their pet projects instead.

  2. mike vaughn says:

    The city leaders must be so proud of what they did to that city, and now to threaten to lay off more cops… You people make me want to throw up on my shoes

  3. Justin says:

    Wow this is excellent…..SO, should I just go downtown or head over by Deer Valley High and hand out my wallet and give my car away? HA! They would probably rob me for my shoes. Poor cops can’t catch a break, by the time staff comes back to effective levels we will have been over ran.

  4. bill says:

    If it is going to happen, the cops can’t help you Justin.

  5. bill says:

    Vote no on “P”!
    Amazing we can spend money on a police sub station by Deer Valley.
    This vote will reflect the intelligence of the Antioch populous.

  6. steve says:

    maybe the Brentwood cops could help. the onlly thing they do is drive Belfore and hyway 4. Can’t even catch the pot growers and excuse themselves by saying they must have heard or saw them Read the police reports in the Press and see the stupid postings that they do. Very unprofessional and need more real live training like oakland or Richmond

  7. Arthur says:

    In the past five years Antioch has become a sewer line for Contra Costa’s human wast. Voting yes on P will not solve any of our problems.

  8. F P says:

    Ok everyone. For the record, alot of police agencies are broke like the rest of us. For those of you who don’t know, bad economy equals high crime rates. If there are no cops who will respond? As far as Brentwood Police, they do a great job. The Marijuana plants recovered last month were found in unincorporated Brentwood. For this of you who don’t understand, that means it was Sheriff jurisdiction not Brentwood. Antioch is already looking like Richmod or Oakland. voting against the tax will guarantee conversion to a city like Richmond or Oakland. Please don’t be ignorant to the truth. We need more police to help control the growth of crime. I hope you all vote accordingly.

  9. Bob says:

    Look who is being ignorant.

    1. F P says:

      Bob. Please explain

  10. Summer Pereira says:

    What if stops informing all the criminals that sit home and watch TV all day, that there is a shortage of the police force? That can not help the police to be stripped naked and shouted on local TVs that they have nothing to work with. Our media needs to stop helping and informing the criminals so that they can have more stories.

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