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Berkeley Police Operations Division 

The Operations Division is the largest division within the Berkeley Police Department and is commanded by Captain Jen Louis with the support of four (4) Lieutenants, often referred to as Watch Commanders.

The Division was created in September of 2010 under a Department-wide reorganization implemented by the Office of the Chief of Police.  In addition to Captain Louis and the Lieutenants, the Division also consists of (14) Sergeants, 78 Officers, 20 Reserve Police Officers, and one (1) Administrative Assistant. The majority of the Division's assets are in Patrol Operations, which consists of the patrol teams that cover the City 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.These officers respond to all calls for service and are often regarded as  the ‘heart’ of the department. 

Sergeant on Patrol

Patrol/Beat officers and their team members in the Operations Division are the most visible representatives of city government, and provide a wide variety of services to the community. The men and women of the Operations Division include seven uniformed Patrol Teams, the Police Reserve Officer Program.  The Special Response Team (SRT), the Bomb Squad, and the Field Training Officer (FTO) program also function within the Patrol Division.Officer Walking The Beat




For a complete list of Officers and their assigned beats please click the Beat Officers' Assignment list. Officers report to their Patrol Sergeants and are in regular communication with other BPD Divisions to work on community projects, special enforcement projects and community safety.

BPD has divided into four (4) areas and further divided those areas into 14 Geographic Beats. Patrol Officers are assigned primarily to these eighteen beats. They respond to calls for service from community members, visitors, other city services, merchants as well as proactively work to reduce crime within the City. 

Finally, the Division includes four (4) Area Coordinators. The Department utilizes the "Area Command" approach to operations, with each of the four (4) Patrol Lieutenants acting as an Area Commander, with responsibility and accountability for crime in their assigned area.  The Area Commander collaborates with the geographic Area Coordinator counterpart who is assigned to him/her. The Area Coordinators have the responsibilities of facilitating needs, responding to concerns and complaints as well as supporting and assisting the Area Commanders. Together, the Area Commanders and the Area Coordinators coordinate policing services in their respective areas, working closely with the community and other city services in doing so. This goal of these relationships and the subsequent work they do is to insure that crime and other associated problematic issues are being addressed comprehensively and with long-term strategies in mind.

Patrol Lieutenants' / Watch Commanders' Office

510-981-5801 510-981-5821
Patrol Sergeants' Office Beat Officers' Voicemail
510-981-5802 510-981-5990





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