Berkeley officials are set to vote Monday afternoon, during a special meeting, on whether to allow city police officers to take part in Urban Shield tactical exercises this year.
The continued participation of Berkeley police and emergency responders in Urban Shield’s SWAT team competition and vendor show is a threat to the very fabric of our community.
The training is prompting police officers to act more aggressively, particularly with those who have a mental illness or are experiencing homelessness.
A fight between acquaintances early Friday, over whether to stay on Telegraph and get food after a night of drinking, led to a shooting that caused serious injuries, said BPD.
Urban Shield trainees were responsible for the violent treatment of protestors in 2014 and 2018. The exercises train police to "shoot to kill," too. Berkeley must withdraw.
How do we get the value of Urban Shield training without the militaristic agendas that are antithetical to most people in Berkeley and to its police and fire departments?
A man was arrested on suspicion of trespassing after making himself at home at a residence in the Elmwood, having a shower and taking the owner's Tesla shopping, BPD has said.
Police are responding to northwest Berkeley for a report of an armed robbery, authorities have confirmed.
A fight broke out Wednesday in the Southside neighborhood between skateboarders and local residents, sending one person to the hospital, police said.
Pulling out of Urban Shield will mean a loss of highly trained, experienced and dedicated officers and the city’s future ability to properly respond to disaster events.
Berkeley may decide to prohibit our Special Response Team from participating in Urban Shield trainings at a special Council meeting on July 23. Doing so would be a mistake.
If Berkeley withdraws, SWAT teams won't practice de-escalation training, first responders will be in harm’s way and people of color will see worse outcomes .
A veteran Berkeley firefighter says training for disasters is the best way for first responders to be prepared. Urban Shield provides that training.