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Antioch Police Chief shares ways his department engages with the community, fulfills 21st Century Policing principlesMonday, September 19th, 2016
By Allen Payton
Ahead of the symposium in Antioch on community-police relations and 21st Century Policing, planned for this Saturday night, Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando released a list of ways the Antioch Police Department engages with the community. (See symposium article, here)
“Please understand that this is the community engagement we have been doing for years, which just so happens to align with President Obama’s 21st Century Policing program,” Cantando stated. “We are engaged with our community because this is the best way to work in partnership and make our city a wonderful place to live.”
Following are the ways the department engages with the Antioch community. It is not necessarily a comprehensive list:
- Coffee with the Cops
- Pizza with the Police
- Volunteers In Police Services (VIPS) program
- Neighborhood Watch / Business Watch
- Police Explorer program
- Citizens Police Academy
- National Night Out
- Police Activities League (PAL)
- Hispanic (ESL – English as a Second Language) Coffee with the Cops at Holy Rosary Church
- Antioch Police Activities League
- Programs with the Junior Giants
- College Preparedness classes
- Etiquette classes
- After-School Skate
- After-School Bowling
- Field trips to sporting events for our youth
- Life After High School program to prepare kids for college
- Youth Leadership Program
- Annual charity golf tournament
- After-School Basketball program (in-progress)
- Legos and the Law program
- Social media outreach (Facebook / Twitter/youtube)
- PD Smartphone App to provide information to our citizens
- Crimereports.com that allows citizens to view crime in our city
- Running Man Video
- Visits to faith based organizations
- “Panther Tails” program where H.S. students run with our shelter animals
- Halloween Candy giveaway
- Holiday Food and Gift giveaway
- Visits and presentations at schools
- “Read Across America” program in our schools
- Rotary “Empowerment Program” focused at girls in high school
- “We’re looking out for you” program where waste disposal drivers and postal carriers are trained to look for and report crime
- Monthly neighborhood clean-ups
- “Tip-a- Cop” events for Special Olympics
- “Torch Run” for Special Olympics
- Police Department Open House
- Quarterly presentations to City Council regarding crime and departmental updates
- On-going and pro-active dialog with NAACP and LULAC regarding community
While neither Cantando nor Captain Tammany Brooks, who learned about 21st Century Policing while attending the FBI National Academy in Washington, D.C., will be able to attend the symposium, they’re working with the organizers to schedule a future meeting regarding the issue. The discussion during Saturday’s forum will be about matters in general and not specific to Antioch, organizers have said.
The symposium, entitled Building Bridges & Tearing Down Barriers, hosted by the Antioch Community Team will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, at the Delta Bay Church of Christ located at 913 Sunset Drive in Antioch.
The forum for the seven candidates running for the Antioch School Board in the November election, hosted by the Antioch Herald, has been rescheduled for a final time to Friday night, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.
We apologize but, this is due to three of the candidates informing us, either yesterday or today, that they couldn’t attend the forum previously scheduled for tonight.
Associate Publisher Connie Woods will be the panelist asking the questions, City Clerk Arne Simonsen will serve as timekeeper and Publisher Allen Payton will serve as moderator, keeping track of the questions, answers and rebuttals.
The Antioch City Council candidates’ forum will still be held tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. and the Antioch Mayoral candidates’ forum will follow at 8:15 p.m.
All three forums will be held in the Antioch City Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 200 H Street, between West 2nd and West 3rd Streets in downtown. Each candidate will have the opportunity to ask two questions of fellow candidates and give two rebuttals. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates, as well.
A video of each forum will be made and will be shown later on one or more local cable TV access channels.
So be sure to attend and bring with you your best questions to be asked of the candidates.
In light of well-publicized, hostile encounters with police in various communities across the United States, the recently formed Antioch Community Team (ACT) is hosting a public forum entitled Building Bridges and Tearing Down Barriers Symposium, before it happens here.
The symposium will be held on Saturday, September 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Delta Bay Church of Christ, located at 913 Sunset Drive in Antioch.
The primary goal of the symposium is to have a proactive, community dialogue that ensures trust among law enforcement and communities-at-large via a panel discussion with members of the policing community, as well as friends, neighbors and others from various communities.
Also sponsored by the Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Greatness Rediscovered in Our Time (G.R.I.O.T.), the symposium will explore how to strengthen relations between the community and law enforcement by opening lines of communication between both entities. The ACT team welcomes all to come together as one community and have a healthy dialogue about 21st Century Policing.
However, Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando said both he and Captain Tammany Brooks are not available that night and will be unable to attend, nor will they be sending a representative from the Antioch Police Department.
In 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order forming an 11-member Task Force on 21st Century Policing. His Executive Order stated the purpose: The Task Force shall, consistent with applicable law, identify best practices and otherwise make recommendations to the President on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust.
Over 90 days of hearing, input and testimony, the Task Force developed Six Pillars of 21st Century Policing and five ways each of three stakeholder groups can implement them.
The Six Pillars are: 1. Building Trust and Legitimacy; 2. Policy and Oversight; 3. Technology and Social Media; 4. Community Policing and Crime Reduction; 5. Training and Education; and 6. Officer Wellness and Safety.
The three stakeholder groups include local government, law enforcement and communities. According to the Implementation Guide, following are the five things each of three stakeholder groups can do to implement the Task Force’s recommendations:
1. Create listening opportunities with the community.
2. Allocate government resources to implementation.
3. Conduct community surveys on attitudes toward policing, and publish the results.
4. Define the terms of civilian oversight to meet the community’s needs.
5. Recognize and address holistically the root causes of crime.
1. Review and update policies, training, and data collection on use of force, and engage
community members and police labor unions in the process.
2. Increase transparency of data, policies, and procedures.
3. Call on the POST [Police Officers Standards & Training] Commission to implement all levels of training.
4. Examine hiring practices and ways to involve the community in recruiting.
5. Ensure officers have access to the tools they need to keep them safe.
1. Engage with local law enforcement; participate in meetings, surveys, and other activities.
2. Participate in problem-solving efforts to reduce crime and improve quality of life.
3. Work with local law enforcement to ensure crime-reducing resources and tactics are being deployed that mitigate unintended consequences.
4. Call on state legislators to ensure that the legal framework does not impede accountability for
5. Review school policies and practices, and advocate for early intervention strategies that minimize involvement of youth in the criminal justice system.
Please join the conversation.
Register for the free symposium to join the conversation on Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/building-bridges-tearing-down-barriers-symposium-tickets-27307531562?aff=eioscfrmshrefabk&ref=eioscfrmshrefabk
To learn more about 21st Century Policing, please click on the following documents and website:
To download a copy of the symposium flyer, click here: act-symposium-flier
For more information follow ACT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AntiochCommunityTeam/
Allen Payton contributed to this report.