Why is the antioch police station in California being closed?
The Antioch police department announced on Tuesday that it was closing its Antioch station because of a lack of funding.
The announcement came just days after California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will allow police departments across the state to use taxpayer money to purchase and install electronic tagging equipment.
Police in Sacramento, Berkeley and Oakland already have their own electronic tagging system that has been approved by the city’s board of supervisors.
But according to the Oakland Police Department, the department cannot afford to purchase additional equipment because it has a budget of more than $1 million.
“Due to a funding shortfall, we cannot be able to purchase any equipment or to keep up with the costs of the equipment,” Oakland Police Chief Anthony Foti said in a statement.
“The department is actively working with the state of California to find additional funding for the acquisition of equipment, and the state is committed to helping the Oakland community.”
The Oakland Police Bureau was the second largest in California behind Sacramento.
But its budget is just under $1.1 million, and it is struggling to maintain the current equipment.