The city will work to create a new transportation department with a “racial justice lens” and a Specialized Care Unit staffed by a “network of crisis responders” to respond to non-criminal calls, among other changes.
Meet Ben Bartlett, one of three District 3 City Council candidates in Berkeley’s November 2020 election.
South Berkeley voters will have to decide whether they are happy with the leadership of four-year incumbent Ben Bartlett, or whether they want something new.
The mayor’s proposals are just one small piece of the city’s overall $600 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Data about where police use rifles, launchers and other “controlled” equipment will now be public. Officials said it’s a matter of racial justice.
Activists gathered to discuss economic and racial inequality, reparations, police violence – and to celebrate accomplishments.
State law does not currently allow civilian traffic enforcement, but Berkeley is working to change that.
Officers will focus on investigative stops and pulling over dangerous drivers rather than “random observations of minor equipment violations,” Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said.
Citing an “alarming rise in shootings” this year, officials pledged Tuesday night to work to create a new Ceasefire program designed to “address gun violence” in Berkeley.
Most of the money is for a new Specialized Care Unit that would respond instead of armed police to people in crisis.
Now is the time to have your say about what policing in Berkeley should look like — especially if you’re not big on public meetings.
In July, the city’s new Police Accountability Board kicked off, replacing the longstanding Police Review Commission, which was formed in 1973.