Thursday’s vote was a budget referral: The package will come back in June so officials can decide what will actually be funded in the coming years.
“When we work together as a whole community we can make real progress,” Mayor Jesse Arreguín said Thursday.
Security work for outside entities, such as UC Berkeley, the Apple store and other Fourth Street businesses, made up 10% of the overtime costs in FY20.
911 calls to Berkeley’s police and fire dispatch center are taking longer to get through due to chronic understaffing that is only likely to get worse, the city auditor reported in a recent analysis.
Veteran officers have been leaving the department in record numbers, walking away from friends and generous benefits to start over at other agencies. What has driven the exodus?
Available Berkeley police staffing is down to 135 officers, and 80% of the department is investigating whether to leave, a Berkeley Police Association rep said Monday night.
Violent crime reports in Berkeley rose 23% over the first half of 2017, as compared to the prior year, according to public safety data just released by the FBI.
Berkeley police staffing levels have reached a crisis point, and the entire traffic bureau along with some investigative positions may be on the chopping block in early 2018.
Described as a “homegrown leader” with a deep grasp of Berkeley values, “native son” Andrew Greenwood was appointed to the role of police chief Tuesday night.
Capt. Andrew Greenwood — who is now the acting chief — at a BPD promotion ceremony in 2013 (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso Capt. Andrew Greenwood — who is now the acting chief — at a BPD promotion ceremony in 2013 (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso In the wake of the abrupt departure Tuesday of Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, Acting Chief […]
Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan at a public meeting in 2014 related to changing the police beat map for the first time in many years. Meehan said in August that approach has not been working. Photo: Emilie Raguso More than six years after taking the helm of the Berkeley Police Department, Chief Michael Meehan is facing serious criticism […]
The city is looking at this 11-beat alternative map for Berkeley Police, along with two other options. Adjustments will continue to be made over the next month in response to public feedback, officials say. Graphic: Matrix Consulting Group A handful of community members got a preview Tuesday night of three possible alternatives for a new Berkeley Police […]