Applications are due Monday, Feb. 8, for the city’s new policing task force. An online town hall on racial equity that had been planned for this week has been postponed.
Officers will focus on investigative stops and pulling over dangerous drivers rather than “random observations of minor equipment violations,” Police Chief Andrew Greenwood said.
The 80-page analysis — the first known assessment of its kind — was published Thursday by city auditor Jenny Wong.
Officials have promised to overhaul what public safety looks like in Berkeley in response to protests that have resonated across the city and nation in recent weeks.
McBride spoke to Berkeleyside about reasons for hope, Berkeley’s role and what can be done to effect meaningful change.
Using unarmed enforcement officers will accomplish the twin goals of road and community safety.
“We must employ a variety of tactics to deter, intervene and investigate crimes,” West Berkeley Councilmember Terry Taplin said during Wednesday’s Zoom.
The city says the process will focus on finding diverse candidates and that it will involve robust community engagement.
“New leadership is required,” said Councilmember Cheryl Davila in an item she submitted Tuesday. Council will also discuss a raft of other items related to police reforms.
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.
Police are reporting three more hate crime arrests in May, and there’s a new community survey out to seek input about the PRC.