The police department was created in 1872 to handle security and law enforcement in the coal mining town of hundreds that was 19th Century Antioch. By the 2010 census the department was policing over 102,000 Antiochites. The police chief is Allan Cantando. In 2011 the department expressed serious concerns for the lack of a planning for a safety officer at the future Antioch eBART station. Due to funding issues, this station may be actually be policed in whole or in part by the APD instead of the BART Police Department.