Concord Police Department Remains Understaffed While Violent …

Concord Police Chief Guy Swanger recently gave a crime update to the Concord City Council, which was prompted by s report on the drastic increase in crime in Concord 1 . Robberies have gone up in the City of Concord in 2015, according to Chief Swanger. The amount of robberies went from 77 in the first half of 2014 to 91 in the first half of 2015.

27 of the 91 robberies were committed with a gun, and 22% of the robberies were on the street in the Monument & Oakmead/Cowell Rd. area (near the Concord Police Department), and the Monument and Virginia Lane area, (near McDonald s), according to the Chief. Also, for the first half of 2015, the City of Concord saw 438 vehicle burglaries.

94 of the 438 occurred in the area of Willow Pass Rd. & Diamond Blvd., mostly in the Willows Shopping Center, and near the Denny s Restaurant on the corner of the intersection. Chief Swanger says prop.47 has factored in the increase in crime. He says they had one individual in Concord who was arrested three times in one month for stealing vehicles.

Swanger also says when a person is caught burglarizing an unlocked vehicle, if they steal less than $900 worth of merchandise, they would receive a citation. Other numbers for the first half of 2015 show there have been 15 rapes, 133 aggravated assaults, 338 residential burglaries and 517 vehicle thefts. Concord Vice-Mayor Ron Leone asked Chief Swanger if the rise in crime was possibly because of a staffing issue, and Chief Swanger responded by saying I would never turn away an opportunity to have more staff , and said staffing does play some role in the rise in crime.

Vice-Mayor Leone followed up by saying Are we staffed according to the numbers you ve been given? , and Chief Swanger answered yes . However, according to numbers provided to by the Concord Police Department, that answer by Chief Swanger seems to be incorrect. The current authorized strength for the Concord Police Department is 153 officers, and the department currently has 148 officers employed, with two lateral police officers beginning the second week in August, and one recruit possibly graduating the academy in November, according to the Concord Police Department.

The numbers show the total should be 151 in the next four months, which is still below the authorized staffing level of 153, according to the Concord Police Department.

Chief Swanger also confirmed the department has a tremendous amount of injuries and many officers are currently not working.

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