City Council is set to decide Tuesday whether to confirm Interim Chief Police Jen Louis with a permanent role at more than $300,000 annually. Accountability officials have asked for more time.
Corey Shedoudy grabbed attention in 2022 when he accused BPD’s bike squad of racism, anti-homeless sentiments and quota systems. His firing for staging a bike crash has been upheld by an independent arbitrator.
The Berkeley Police Department is cutting its number of patrol beats, years into a staffing crisis that has made it reliant on overtime to keep the teams populated.
The city has hired a firm with a history of taking on high-profile law enforcement investigations, while the Police Accountability Board conducts its own inquiry.
Interim Police Chief Jen Louis has said she was not aware of derogatory text messages that were leaked this month.
The messages drew condemnation as city officials pledged to investigate the “disturbing” comments.
It says unlawful changes were made to police misconduct investigations.
The city did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Berkeleyside.
The Berkeley Police Association hopes to give turkey baskets to 600 local families this year with the help of community support.
The Berkeley Police Association has revived its Thanksgiving turkey basket program after a one-year hiatus and plans to give 500 boxes to families in need this holiday season.
Companies that build affordable housing are pouring funds into support of the O and P measures, Realtors are opposing the proposed property transfer tax hike and Wicks is outspending Beckles in the AD15 race.
A Berkeley City Council proposal to put a police oversight charter amendment on the November ballot has run out of time to be considered this fall.