On Monday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe held a press conference to announce a new hiring incentive that would provide hiring bonuses, down payment assistance on a home, and increase the over hiring of the Antioch Police Department in an effort to attract and retain police officers.
The move comes after the Antioch Police Department is down to 78-active officers due to injury and various officers off on administrative leave. The police department currently has 102 officers on the books and is allowed to hire up to 115 officers. Under the mayors plan, the police department could grow to 125 officers.
Thorpe explained that hiring officers was a big part of their “police reform efforts” last year and today was building on that.
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