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Posted inCrime & Safety

BPD to hire officers, ‘take a collective deep breath’ under new chief

In the wake of the abrupt departure Tuesday of Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, Acting Chief Andrew Greenwood says his short-term goals are to hire more officers and keep the department focused on the future. “Calm, steady, forward movement is the way to go,” Greenwood told the city’s Police Review Commission on Wednesday night. “That’s kind of where I’m at.” Greenwood […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Officers question leadership of Berkeley police chief

More than six years after taking the helm of the Berkeley Police Department, Chief Michael Meehan is facing serious criticism from within his own ranks, according to two internal emails he sent to employees earlier this month and numerous interviews with BPD staffers. The criticisms focus on weak leadership, low morale, insufficient staffing and inconsistent communication. They were spelled out in surveys […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley Police beats could get much bigger

A handful of community members got a preview Tuesday night of three possible alternatives for a new Berkeley Police beat map, which ultimately will determine how officers are deployed around the city. Bigger beats and the potential creation of a small “flex unit” to address hot spots or crime trends are among the ideas under consideration, which are still […]