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.
A 72-year-old man walking downtown earlier this month was seriously injured during an attack from behind when a group of young men shoved him down and kicked him, BPD said.
A homeless man who grabbed a woman and pulled her across a downtown Berkeley street early Sunday morning is now in custody, being held on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and more.
Patrick Demarco Scott Jr.'s bedroom door has been closed since the morning he left home for work in early February.
During the 1990 hostage takeover of Henry's bar, one gunshot victim lay 100 feet from police and his rescue was delayed. The armored car BPD now uses could have rescued him sooner.
Police found bullet casings, a mask and blood spatter in a Mercedes linked to the shooting in May, and two guns nearby that detectives tied to the shooting and car, documents show.
Police are investigating the break-ins.
A woman is in stable condition, and expected to survive, after a driver struck her as she walked on University Avenue in West Berkeley on Monday night, authorities report.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, battery and domestic violence after driving a car, with a woman inside, into the San Francisco Bay.
A man who walked up to a stranger with a large rock and struck him over the head in downtown Berkeley on Tuesday has been charged with hate crime allegations and two felonies.
With questions raised over whether city officials can legally make decisions about police training, Mayor Jesse Arreguín pulled his support from a recent vote on Urban Shield.