Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office To Add 34 Positions

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA – The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff this year plans to increase patrols in underserved parts of the county.

On Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved budget funds for 34 positions that will be added to the sheriff’s office budget: 29 deputy sheriffs and five sergeants.

The new deputies will all be assigned to county patrol and four of the positions will be detectives – one assigned to each of the four county station houses to handle investigations.

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The five new sergeants will provide supervision for the new deputy sheriffs.

Nine new deputies and one sergeant will start July 1; the remainder of the positions will be filled by
July 1, 2023, with additional deployments throughout the fiscal year.

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In addition to the 34 positions, the Sheriff’s Office also requested two additional deputy sheriff
positions for Mental Health Evaluation Teams who would be funded by the Community Corrections Partnership.

The Sheriff’s Office said it requested the positions to increase police services in under-resourced county communities.

“These positions will provide increased services in the most underserved areas of the county,” said Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston. “The deputies will specifically address quality of life concerns, develop partnerships and relationships with community members, and decrease response times by increasing the number of patrol cars in the community.”

Currently, there are .76 deputies per 1,000 residents assigned to communities within the jurisdiction of the Office of the Sheriff.

Sworn Law Enforcement Officers Assigned To Contra Costa County Cities

The table above was provided by the Office of the Sheriff and shows the current ratio of sworn law enforcement officers assigned to each city in Contra Costa County, per 1,000 residents. The table uses population information from the 2020 US Census and includes officers by local police departments.

“The addition of these deputy-sheriff and sergeant positions is in line with my highest priority when I was elected Sheriff in 2010: keeping Contra Costa families safe,” Livingston said.

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