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State Senator asks Newsom for assist with Antioch police

(BCN) — State Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, is in search of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s assist for Antioch’s police pressure, which has been struggling to keep up public security as a result of division’s low variety of officers. Together with state Assemblymember Tim Grayson, Glazer despatched a letter to Newsom on Wednesday in search of help for extra officers within the Antioch Police Division.

Years of FBI and native investigations into town’s police have “decimated” their ranks, Glazer’s workplace mentioned in a press release Wednesday. The state senator has additionally mentioned the difficulty with California Freeway Patrol Commissioner Sean Duryee.

“The Metropolis of Antioch is battling public security proper now, and the CHP will help,” Glazer mentioned in a press release.

Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe just lately mentioned in a podcast with Glazer that town, which has a inhabitants of about 120,000 residents, has “about 4 or 5 officers at any given second patrolling our streets.”

In keeping with the mayor, the response time of Antioch police might be excessively lengthy since greater than half of town’s 87 officers are on go away due to the investigations into the pressure.

“We are able to use the assistance as a result of it could drastically scale back time wherein an officer can reply to against the law,” Thorpe mentioned on the “Desk Discuss” podcast hosted by Glazer.

In early August, Antioch Metropolis Councilmember Mike Barbanica requested metropolis officers to get extra help from each the CHP and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Workplace as a consequence of staffing points inside Antioch police. If Newsom grants Glazer’s request, Antioch would be the third metropolis this 12 months to get assist from the CHP, following San Francisco in Could and Oakland in August.

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