Only eight police officers go to the SWAT *competition* so pulling them out will not materially affect the BPD’s ability to respond to a disaster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a police review commissioner, I observed the Urban Shield exercises last September. They provide critical training for first responders that Berkeley needs.
Urban Shield is about training first responders for rare events, like a terrorist attack. It lasts 48 hours, so it will not make police officers "racist." The training is valuable.
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