Berkeley Police Department Traffic and Parking Bureau
The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Traffic and Parking Bureau operations are located at 841 Folger Street (at the corner of Folger and 7th Streets).
This station provides many services including tow hearings, car seat installation and traffic advice. The general phone number for parking and traffic personnel is (510) 981-5980.
The BPD Traffic Bureau is part of the Investigations Division which is comprised of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, four Motor Officers and a traffic analyst, as well as the Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs).
The goal of the Traffic Bureau is to serve the community by enforcing the California Vehicle Code and many parking ordinances covered in the Berkeley Municipal Code. Many of the current focused enforcement projects are in response to community concerns and complaints regarding speeding, bicycle and pedestrian safety as well as other vehicle violations. The ultimate goal of the team members is to foster greater overall traffic and pedestrian safety in the city. For additional information on pedestrian safety - click here and for bicycle safety information - click here.
BPD Officers in the Traffic Bureau have participated in a variety of specialized training in order to meet the requirements of a traffic officer within the department. Some of this training includes motorcycle training, precision driving, radar operation, several levels of accident investigation, accident reconstruction and car seat installation. The officers are members of the BPD Fatal Accident Investigation Team (F.A.I.T.) The FAIT Team is called in for any collisions in the City of Berkeley that result in potentially life threatening injury or death.
The Traffic Bureau also participates in car seat education and installation programs, DUI check points and traffic safety presentations. If you have a question about baby/child car seats, their proper installation or would like to set up an appointment, please email our Traffic Division Coordinator. These appointments are dependant on personnel availability.
Information about City of Berkeley traffic collisions and an overview of collisions in the State of California is covered on this Collisions page
Abandoned Autos - information on what constitutes an abandoned auto and how to report it.
Traffic Bureau - Lieutenant Kevin Schofield manages the Bureau, which is comprised of one Traffic Sergeant, six Motor Officers, three Parking Enforcement supervisors and twenty-eight Parking Enforcement Officers. Together they provide traffic enforcement throughout the City as well as enforce both parking laws and ordinances.
Motor Unit - Sergeant Rob Rittenhouse supervises the Motor Officers who conduct traffic enforcement in problem areas throughout the City. They are highly trained officers who in addition to enforcement, provide motorcade escorts, inspect child safety seats, and assist at special events such as football games and school fairs.
Parking Enforcement - PEO Supervisors Stephanie Hudson and Marla Clark supervise the cadre of Parking Enforcement Officers who enforce parking laws and ordinances throughout the City. This very demanding job requires skill, patience, and people skill to be successful. In addition to enforcing parking laws, PEO’s assist with traffic control during demonstrations and at major crime scenes.
BPD Traffic Officers in 1961