The Berkeley City Council shifted more than $9 million out of the police department budget Tuesday night to help pay for a range of reforms called for by community members and city officials alike in recent weeks.
Violent crime was down in Berkeley in 2018 for the first time in recent years, Berkeley police reported Tuesday night, and property crime was down, too.
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?
Crime reports in Berkeley fell by double-digit percentages in the first half of 2018, with fewer robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults and property crimes than in the first half of 2017, authorities reported.
Black and Hispanic people stopped by BPD are searched “at much higher rates” than white people, researchers told the PRC this week, but disparities don’t automatically mean bias.
Violent crime is up in Berkeley by double digits for the third year running, according to the latest annual crime report from the Berkeley Police Department.
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.
Monday’s community Q&A with BPD touched on militarization, staffing, traffic violations, the budget, political protests, policy changes and more. Berkeleyside broadcast live.
The Berkeley Police Department is kicking off a series of sessions designed to improve community relations and let locals get up close with BPD staff.
The Berkeley Police Review Commission voted Wednesday night to ask the city to push BPD to hand over an incomplete draft analysis about racial disparities in police stops.
There have been dozens of arrests after recent political clashes in Berkeley, but no charges have been filed yet.