Top city officials offer glimpse into Antioch’s future

ANTIOCH — Three top city officials shared their plans and hopes for Antioch on Friday, painting a picture of a community set to become a friendlier, more prosperous place to live.

The police chief, city manager and mayor spoke before a full house at Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the City presentation, each outlining changes the public can expect to see in the near future.

More surveillance cameras will be installed and the department will analyze crime statistics as a way to deploy its limited number of officers most effectively, Chief Tammany Brooks said.

In addition, he said his staff will getting more training in various aspects of policing including learning how to deescalate situations without using deadly force when someone is threatening others with a weapon other than a gun.

Brooks also wants patrol officers to become more involved in community activities, the goal being to establish a rapport with residents and ultimately earn their trust and cooperation.

“I believe in relationships,” said the newly appointed chief, who was acknowledged later in the program for making a house visit to meet a 6-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a police officer when he grows up and who had brought the department cookies to show his appreciation for its service.

“He’s a caring person,” said City Manager Ron Bernal, who also will be focusing on improving relations with residents who thought the previous administration dismissed their desires and concerns.

He acknowledged that homelessness is a big…

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