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2014 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts  

 

 

DECEMBER

December 10 - Demonstration Update

Over the past few days, a series of demonstrations have happened in the City of Berkeley in response to recent incidents in Missouri and New York.  With its rich history in the Free Speech movement, the City of Berkeley is and remains committed to ensuring the public’s right to peacefully assemble and protest.

On Tuesday night the police department facilitated peaceful protest throughout the City, helping block traffic and escorting marchers with officers on bicycles.

As a mid-sized city, the size and scope of these demonstrations have presented unique challenges and the Berkeley Police Department has required assistance from agencies throughout Alameda County, Solano County, and San Mateo County.

In previous peaceful demonstrations, demonstration organizers often worked with the Berkeley Police Department develop pre-planned routes or points of assembly which has allowed BPD personnel to redirect traffic to increase the safety of protesters.  The Berkeley Police Department welcomes contact with organizers and will continue to try to make constructive contact.

Over the past few days, the Berkeley Police Department has made several arrests.  Below is a list of arrested persons over the past few days.  As some of the arrested persons were not booked at the Berkeley City Jail, the list is only preliminary.

 Here is a summary of arrests thus far:

A list of subjects arrested during demonstrations can be found here.

We have had more than 13 officers injured over the course of the past four days. Three required treatment in a hospital. A small number of protesters have thrown rocks, bottles, a crowbar, a bag of gravel and other debris at our officers. Here are a couple of photographs of injuries officers received from items thrown at them during the recent demonstrations:

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December 8 - Protest Media Safety Tips

Over the past few days, a series of demonstrations have happened in the City of Berkeley in response to recent incidents in Missouri and New York.  The size and scope of the demonstrations have presented a challenging circumstance for Law Enforcement, Journalists, and the community as a whole. 

With its rich history in the Free Speech movement, the City of Berkeley is and remains committed to allowing the public to peacefully assemble.  Unfortunately, some of the participants in these demonstrations have resorted to acts of violence and destruction.  These acts of violence, oftentimes, lead to a chaotic environment for officers as well.  Because of this, it can be difficult for line officers to quickly differentiate demonstrators from media journalist who need access. 

We value your safety as you cover important events in our community.  We want you to be safe while you do your work.  With this in mind, the Berkeley Police Department would like you to keep these personal safety measures in mind as you cover future demonstrations: 

  • Officers in the area may not be able to ensure your safety. 
  • As much as possible, have your media credentials clearly visible for officers. 
  • Try to cover the event from the side of any established police lines. 
  • If that is not possible, ask an officer to be let through the police line to cover the incident from behind the police officers.  For even better results, try to ask a police supervisor (like the officers with stripes on their upper arm sleeves or bars on their collar). 
  • If you experience difficulty getting the access and freedom of movement you require, contact the Department’s Public Information Officer so that we can help. 
  • If you are photographing or video recording in the midst of violent and assaultive activity, consider moving away from the situation and getting to a safer location. 

 

November 6 - BPD Receives Grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Berkeley, California (Thursday, November 6, 2014) -The Berkeley Police Department has been awarded a $150,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Berkeley Police Department will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

According to Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan, "Resources from the OTS 2015 grant will serve the entire Berkeley community when it comes to traffic, pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle safety. Preventing alcohol and drug-impaired driving collisions, and the resulting devastating impact on victims, surviving family and friends, and our community as a whole, is a priority of the Berkeley Police Department. This OTS grant support allows us to expand our proactive enforcement efforts directed at the impaired driving threat."

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions in California saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012.  Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies such as cellular phones. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other public safety issues problems such as drunk and drugged driving, and speeding.

"California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation," said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  "But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users.  The Berkeley Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share - Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts."

Additional activities and enforcement funded by the grant include:

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

OCTOBER  

October 29 - Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween can be a fun and exciting night of the year particularly for young children. The Berkeley Police Department encourages safety and supervision during this year’s Trick-or-Treat season. It is an important time to be extra vigilant to potential safety hazards.

Trick-or-Treat Tips

Homeowners

Motorists

Please report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police department by calling 9-1-1.

The Berkeley Police Department wishes everyone a happy, fun and safe Halloween.

October 8 - Vicitm of September 19th Stabbing Passes Away 

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 8, 2014) – This morning, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) was notified that Nancy McClellan, 72 years old, of Emeryville passed away.  McClellan was the victim of a stabbing and attempted carjacking that took place on September 19, 2014. 

On Friday, September 19th at approximately 4:40 p.m., BPD received a report of a disturbance with a woman yelling for help near the intersection of Russell Street and Otis Street.  BPD Officers arrived within minutes of the call and located and detained a suspect.  Other officers located McClellan, suffering from severe injuries, it was determined she had been stabbed several times.  She was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  The suspect, Kamau Berlin, was arrested for attempted murder and attempted carjacking.

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 McClellan was transferred from the hospital to a care facility in Berkeley.  Early this morning, BPD was notified that McClellan passed away. 

The Alameda County Coroner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy, and will determine her cause of death. 

BPD Investigators are working with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to amend charges appropriately.

SEPTEMBER

September 19 - BPD Investigating Felony Assault

Berkeley, California ( Friday, September 19, 2014) – On Friday, September 19, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received a report of a disturbance with a woman yelling for help near the intersection of Russell Street and Otis Street. 

BPD officers arrived within minutes after the call was received.  They observed a male subject, matching the description provided by callers flee on foot.  Officers pursued him into the block, where he was quickly detained in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Other officers located a female victim, in her 70s, suffering from severe injuries at the corner of Otis Street and Russell Street.  Officers rendered first aid until Berkeley Fire Department personnel arrived on scene.  BFD paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. 

Investigators are actively working this case, conducting interviews, following up on leads, and examining evidence.  It is early on in the investigation, in the interest of maintaining the integrity of this investigation, BPD will not be releasing the victim’s identity or that of the subject detained.  Any release of this information could possibly hinder the investigation. 

BPD is urging anyone with information regarding this case to please contact our Homicide Detail at (510)-981-5741 or the non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous he/she can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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September 18 - Increase in West End Auto Burglaries

The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has noticed an increase in auto burglaries occurring in the area of the Berkeley Marina and in parts of west Berkeley.

Increases have been noticed in the various parking lots in the Berkeley Marina. There have also been increases along Gilman Street and University Avenue between San Pablo Avenue and 3rd Street.  The majorities of burglaries are occurring during the early evening hours from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and involve the responsible smashing the vehicle’s window, and retrieving items from the interior. 

BPD is examining current data and providing extra patrols in the area.  We are reaching out to community members and businesses in the area.  There are several things community members can do to reduce the chances of having their vehicles burglarized: 

If you see any suspicious activity or persons, please contact BPD when you feel safe by dialing 510-981-5900, if it is a life threatening emergency or a crime in progress please dial 9-1-1. 

For more crime prevention information, please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Police/Home/Crime_Prevention_Information.aspx

September 16 - National Child Passenger Safety Week

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20).  The Berkeley Police Department would like to remind the community to properly secure children, whether in a car seat or safety belt to ensure their safety.    

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, collisions are the leading cause of death of children ages 1 to 12 years old in the United States.  The best way to ensure a child’s safety in a vehicle is to make sure they are put into a suitable car seat or using the safety belt properly. 

Berkeley Police will help you install your car seat.  If you have a question about infant or child car seats, their proper installation or would like to set up an appointment, please call the Traffic Bureau at 510-981-5980.  Appointments are dependent on personnel availability.

California law requires children to ride in either a car seat or booster seat until the age of eight or until they reach of height of 4 feet 9 inches.  http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/leg/newleg.htm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends anyone under the age of 12 years old should ride in the back seat.   

For more information about child safety and car seat installation please visit the NHTSA website or the California Office of Traffic Safety website at the links below. 

http://www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm

http://www.ots.ca.gov/child_passenger_safety.asp

Please help keep Berkeley’s children safe.

September 11 - Four Year Anniversary of Murder Approaches

Berkeley, California (Thursday, September 11, 2014) – Friday, September 12, 2014 will mark the four year anniversary of the murder of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo, known to his family as “Fito”.                         

Celedon was a Chilean native who moved to Berkeley to be with his fiancé.  He was murdered on his 35th birthday.

On the morning of September 12, 2010 at approximately 3:41 a.m., Celedon was walking home with his fiancé after attending a party.  At the intersection of Adeline and Emerson Streets, the couple was confronted by two male suspects apparently intending to rob them.  During the robbery Celedon was shot and his fiancé was punched in the face before the suspects fled in what was described as a “dark older model SUV” (Sport Utility Vehicle.)

There is currently a $20,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for Celedon’s murder.

Detectives continue to actively investigate Celedon’s murder and are asking for the community’s help. Even the smallest detail could be critical in solving this crime.

BPD is urging anyone with information to call the BPD Investigations Division—Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD Non Emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If someone wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). All calls to BACS are confidential. Any information may be critical to solving this crime.

September  4 - Upcoming Event Reminder, Cal Football Game, Parking Restrictions in Place

The Berkeley Police Department would like to notify the community of parking restrictions and road closures, associated with the football game at UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium, on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Restricted parking will be in effect in the following areas:

Bancroft Way from Bowditch Street to Warring Avenue

Durant Avenue west of College Avenue along the south side

College Avenue from Bancroft Way to Dwight Way

Piedmont Avenue from Gayley Road to Channing Way

Warring Avenue from Bancroft Way to Channing Way

Prospect Avenue from 2250 Prospect Street to Channing Way

Canyon Road from Panoramic Way to Stadium Rim Way

Hearst Avenue from Oxford Street to Gayley Road

Milvia Avenue from Kittredge Street to Durant Avenue

Oxford Avenue from Hearst Avenue to Center Street

Ashby Avenue from Claremont Blvd to Domingo Avenue

Motorists should pay particular attention to the posted tow away signs in the restricted areas. Enforcement will begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. and remain in effect until approximately 6:00 p.m. Vehicles will be towed to a temporary lot, located at Bancroft Way and Milvia Street. If you discover your vehicle has been towed, please proceed to the lot to pick it up.

The following roads will be closed:

North bound traffic on Piedmont Avenue at Bancroft Way (at approximately 6:00 am)

East bound traffic on Durant Avenue at College Avenue (at approximately 10:00 am)

North and East bound traffic on Piedmont Avenue at Channing Way (at approximately 10:00 am)

Access to the Panoramic Way and Dwight/Hillside neighborhoods will be limited to residents.

We expect a large number of people to attend the game this Saturday. Please consider taking public transported to the game.

For more information on getting to the game please visit Cal’s Game Day Visitors Guide.http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209129660

September 1 - School is Back, Berkeley Police Remind you to Drive Safely Around our Schools

School is back in session and the Berkeley Police Department would like to remind motorists to drive safely, especially around the many schools in Berkeley.

Please do not double park to pick up or drop off children, this can create a hazard to both the children and motorists if they are walking between vehicles. Ensure that children cross the street safely, use crosswalks and obey traffic laws.

We recognize parking and driving around schools can be a challenge during school drop off and pick up times. Please do not park in red zones, blue zones or otherwise illegally park, this can cause delays and congestion when trying to drop off children. We encourage drivers/parents to leave enough time to safely drop off children.

Remember to slow down when driving near schools, the new posted speed limit in school zones is 15 miles per hour.

Be mindful of the possibility that children on foot, riding bicycles or scooters could “come out of nowhere”. If children are riding to school, ensure that they are wearing helmets and obey the rules of the road.

Please look for and obey the school crossing guards that are present at many of the schools. Be prepared to stop and follow their directions as they assist children to safely get to and from school.

Berkeley Police Officers and Parking Enforcement Officers will be focusing additional attention on safe driving and child safety around the schools.

If you observe any safety concerns around school, please notify the school and/or the Berkeley Police Department.

The Berkeley Police Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy school year.

AUGUST  

August 29 - Berkeley Police Investigating Attempted Homicide, 2000 Block of Durant Avenue

On Friday, August 29, 2014 at approximately 12:49 a.m. the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received a report of a disturbance inside an apartment located in the 2000 block of Durant Avenue.  The caller reported hearing a male yelling and making threats.

BPD officers arrived shortly after the call and could hear a loud disturbance coming from the apartment.  The officers made contact with a male subject at the location.  While there they discovered a crime scene and a second, severely injured male.  The Berkeley Fire Department was requested and the male victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. 

Investigators are actively working this case, conducting interviews, following up on leads, and examining evidence.  Investigators do not believe this was a random attack. A suspect has been arrested in this case, and booked into the Berkeley City Jail for attempted homicide.

In the interest of maintaining the integrity of this on-going investigation; BPD will not be releasing the victim’s identity or that of the suspect.  Any release of this information so early on could possibly hinder the investigation.

BPD is urging anyone with information regarding this case to please contact our Homicide Detail at (510)-981-5741 or the non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous he/she can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

August 13 - Stabbing Suspect in Custody after Bus Attack

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, August 13, 2014) - The Berkeley Police Department is announcing the arrest of a suspect following an apparent random knife attack on an AC Transit bus on Monday night, August 11, 2014, along San Pablo Avenue near Chaucer.

On August 11, at about 9:50 PM, witnesses flagged down a Berkeley Police Sergeant near San Pablo and Bancroft. They reported a knife attack just prior on an AC Transit bus, and pointed out the suspect. The Sergeant confronted the suspect at gunpoint, and, with the assistance of other officers, placed him in handcuffs and detained him. 

Officers determined the suspect had been riding on the bus, when, for no apparent reason, he attacked another passenger. Witnesses reported the suspect walked down the aisle, pulled out a knife, said, “watch this,” and suddenly stabbed at a 21 year old woman seated nearby. Another passenger immediately took action, striking the suspect with his skateboard repeatedly and continuously, distracting the suspect from his attack. Even with the good Samaritan intervening, the suspect was so determined he broke away several times to keep attacking the victim. The suspect ultimately fled from the bus, which had pulled over near San Pablo Ave. near Chaucer, and was detained within moments by the Sergeant.

The victim suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and was transported to a local hospital. There is no apparent motive for the attack. The investigation into the attack is continuing.

Based on the investigation and witness accounts, the actions of the passenger, a 25 year old male, who intervened without hesitation in the attack, were potentially life-saving.

Following the investigation, officers arrested Eric Palmer, a 24 year old male, of Berkeley, for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.  Palmer was booked into the Berkeley City Jail and will be arraigned on Thursday. 

August 12 - Berkeley Police Hiring, Positions Open for Police Aide

The Berkeley Police Department has been serving Berkeley’s community since 1905.  We are seeking ambitious men and women to join the BPD family and build a worthwhile career in a professional law enforcement organization.  Our team is made up of dedicated sworn men and women who are devoted to reducing crime, treating the community with respect and compassion, and holding ourselves accountable for our performance. 

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Police Aide.  This position is for college students who are interested in exploring a career in law enforcement.  It provides part-time work experience and related training in various division of the Berkeley Police Department.  All police aides must maintain satisfactory academic standing (C average or better) at an accredited college during employment.  A maximum of 19 hours per week will be scheduled around an academic program. 

Required Qualifications:

Age Requirement:

Be at least 18 years old.

Experience:

Previous volunteer or paid experience, which includes public contact.

Education:

Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university carrying a minimum of 6 semester of 9 quarter units, possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. and maintain a C or better grade point average.

We encourage and welcome your participation in our hiring process.

The application deadline for applying is Monday, August 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Please visit http://agency.governmentjobs.com/berkeley  for more information or to apply.

August 5 - Berkeley Police Joins Community to Celebrate National Night Out

The Berkeley Police Department will be joining a record number of Neighborhood Watch groups, local businesses, faith-based organizations and community groups for a festive and positive night. Along with members from the Berkeley Fire Department, City of Berkeley staff, and partner agencies, we will be celebrating community, safety, disaster preparedness, and the fight against crime. We hope that you will be able to join us.

National Night Out, a community building campaign, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and over 16,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

Community participation continues to grow, if your block doesn’t have a gathering planned this year, there’s likely one nearby. We currently have over 55 organization signed up to participate in this year’s National Night Out – the most Berkeley has ever had. We look forward to a fun and positive night celebrating the Berkeley community.

See this list for more details about a National Night Out event near you. To learn more about National Night Out you can visit www.natw.org.

For more information on how to organize your neighborhood or create a Neighborhood Watch please visit our website or call our Community Service Bureau at 510-981-5806.

 JULY

July 24 - Upcoming Event Reminder:  Real Madrid vs Inter Milan, July 26th, Expect Heavy Traffic and Delays 

As part of the Guinness International Champions Cup, Real Madrid will play Inter Milan in a soccer match to be held Saturday, July 26th at UC Berkeley’s California Memorial Stadium.  The Berkeley Police Department would like to notify the community of parking restrictions and road closures, associated with the soccer match. 

Restricted parking will be in effect in the following areas:

Motorists should pay particular attention to the posted tow away signs in the restricted areas.  Enforcement will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. and remain in effect until approximately 7:00 p.m.  RPP zones will be enforced, including strict enforcement in the Panoramic Hill area. 

The following roads will be closed:

Access to the Panoramic Way and Dwight/Hillside neighborhoods will be limited to residents. 

We are expecting a large of number of people to attend the match, please consider taking public transportation to the event.  Security measures will be in place at the stadium; give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the match.

July 22 - Berkeley Kite Festival, Expect Heavy Traffic and Delays around Marina

The annual Berkeley Kite Festival will take place July 26th and 27th, located at Cesar Chavez Park in the Berkeley Marina. 

The Berkeley Police Department would like to remind the community to expect heavy traffic delays in the area.   Parking is limited and will be restricted in certain areas.  For police and fire safety reasons, parking is prohibited along either sides of the major roads in the Marina, including University Ave., Marina Blvd., and Spinnaker Way.  BPD Officers and Parking Enforcement Officers will be in the area enforcing parking regulations. 

Please consider taking public transportation to the event.  For more information on the festival and parking in the area please visit http://www.highlinekites.com/pages/BKF-%7B47%7D-Parking-at-the-Marina.html. 

July 17 - Berkeley Police Searching for Missing Person

Update:

July 16 - Berkeley Police Announce Arrest in Shooting 

The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) would like to announce the arrest of a suspect in the June 26, 2014 shooting that occurred in the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue.  Arthur Palmer, 50 years old, of Berkeley, was arrested and booked into the Berkeley City Jail on July 14, 2014, charged with attempted murder.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at approximately 9:54 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a report of a shooting from the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue.  It was reported that a male victim was there suffering from gunshot wounds.  Officers arrived on scene and located a 38 year-old male suffering from serious injuries.  The Berkeley Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. 

Detectives have been gathering evidence and pursuing leads in relation to this investigation.  Based on the investigation, they identified Palmer as a suspect, and obtained a warrant for his arrest.  On July 14, 2014 at approximately 5:15 PM, Oakland PD officers contacted Palmer at 14th Street and Broadway, where they arrested him for the outstanding warrant. Palmer was turned over to Berkeley Police officers, and booked into the Berkeley City Jail.            

BPD would like to thank the Oakland Police Department for their assistance during this investigation.  

July 8 - Keep your Home Safe During the Warmer Weather

As the temperatures rise, many residents will open windows and doors to have air circulate through their homes. Unfortunately, criminals know this too. In past times of warmer weather, Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has noticed an increase in residential burglaries. The City of Berkeley averages approximately 50 burglaries each month. In approximately 50 percent of these burglaries, no force was used, which means burglars generally made entry through an unlocked door or window.

BPD would like to offer a few helpful reminders to better secure your home. Always lock your doors and windows, even if you are leaving for a minute and never leave a house key “hidden” outside.

A few environment changes could dissuade a burglar from selecting your residence:

Remember, if you come home and see a broken window or damaged door, don’t go in. There is a possibility the burglar could still be inside. For your safety, Call 911 immediately, BPD officers will respond to assist.

The Berkeley Police Department offers free home security surveys though our Community Services Bureau. If you are interested, please contact our Area Coordinators at 510-981-5706. For more crime prevention tips please visit our website at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Police/Home/Crime_Prevention_Information.aspx.

July 1 - National Night Out Reminder, Registration Now Open 

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NNO REGISTRATION FORM HERE

 

The City of Berkeley welcomes all Neighborhood Watch Groups, local businesses, faith based organization, and community groups to organize and join us in a festive and positive night. Let’s celebrate community, safety, disaster preparedness, and the fight against crime along with members from the Berkeley Police Department, Fire department, and City of Berkeley Staff on Tuesday, August 5th. Help us celebrate 31 years of National Night Out.

National Night Out, a community building campaign, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for, and participating in, local anticrime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16, 124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

Registration for National Night Out starts Wednesday, July 2, 2014. All registration forms should be in by Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Community members can download the registration form here or from the Berkeley Police Department website. Groups must submit a block party permit with the City of Berkeley for street closures for this event. More information regarding the necessary permits required for this event can be found on the City of Berkeley’s website.

Additionally, this year, neighborhood groups participating in National Night Out can count that participation as one of the two required meetings to qualify for a free dumpster. See www.cityofberkeley.info/dumpster for more information.

Community members with questions can contact Officer Stephanie Polizziani at (510) 981-5772 or via email at spolizziani@cityofberkeley.info.

JUNE

June 26 - Berkeley Police Seek Suspect in June 11th Shooting

Berkeley, California (Thursday, June 26, 2014) – This morning members of the Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) Special Response Team and Investigations Bureau served three search warrants in Berkeley and one in Oakland related to the June 11, 2014 shooting that occurred in the 1600 block of Russell Street.

On June 11, 2014 at approximately 4:33 p.m., BPD received several 9-1-1 calls reporting gunshots in the area of Russell Street and California Street.  As officers responded to the area, it was reported there was a victim, suffering from gunshot wounds. Once officers arrived on scene they located two gunshot victims.  Both victims were transported to a local hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department with non-life threatening injuries.  The victims are both males, ages 18 and 21 respectively.  

Today’s warrant services were a result of the on-going shooting investigation. BPD Homicide Detectives have been actively working this case since June 11th, which culminated with this morning’s actions.  The investigators developed information implicating Anthony Durant, a 23 year old Berkeley resident, and Donzale Mejia, a 22 year old Oakland resident, as suspects in the shooting. 

Mejia was arrested this morning in Oakland during the execution of the search warrants. 

Durant is currently outstanding and wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and should be considered armed and dangerous.

BPD is seeking the community’s help in apprehending Durant.  Anyone with information regarding Durant’s whereabouts is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741 or 510-981-5900.  If callers wish to remain anonymous he/she may call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) Tip Line at (800) 222-TIPS (8477)

The Berkeley Police Department would like to thank The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and the Oakland Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

June 25 - Berkeley Police Investigating Sexual Assault

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, June 25, 2014) - On Sunday, June 22, 2014 at approximately 2:02 a.m., The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received a report of a sexual assault.  Officers contacted the victim, a woman in her early 30s, regarding the incident.  The victim reported she was walking alone on a side street, west of the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue, when she was attacked from behind by an unknown suspect. The suspect knocked her to the ground, committed a sexual assault, and fled the area.

The suspect was described as a mixed race male, 30’s, 6 ft, muscular to heavy build, short hair, wearing a jacket.

Investigators are actively working on this case, reviewing evidence, seeking out witnesses, and searching for any additional evidence. If anyone has any information regarding this incident please call the Special Victims Unit at (510) 981-5715, or our non-emergency number at (510) 981-5900.  If a person wishes to remain anonymous, he/she can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Patrol Officers are aware of the incident and providing extra patrols in the area.  We have shared information regarding this investigation with the UC Berkeley Police Department.  Community members are encouraged to call BPD to report any suspicious persons or activity.

June 24 -  Berkeley Police Running Flame of Hope

This morning members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be escorting the Flame of Hope for Special Olympics through Berkeley.

At 10:00 a.m. members of BPD will be meeting the Emeryville Police Department at San Pablo Avenue and Burnett Street. They will receive the flame and run north along San Pablo Avenue to Albany, where they will pass the torch to the Albany Police Department.

Law enforcement has been a long-time supporter of Special Olympics and this is one of the many ways our BPD members give back to the community.

If you are driving in the area, expect traffic delays as we make our way on San Pablo Avenue. Be cautious when passing our participants for their safety.

June 20 - Berkeley Police Searching for Missing Person

Update: Missing Person, Donald Schweter has been located and is safe. We appreciate the community's assistance.

Berkeley Police are currently looking for a missing person. Missing is Donald Ivan Schweter, a 75 year old male, last seen at 10:15 a.m. at the YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Way. Donald is a Caucasian male, 6'2", 200 pounds, with gray hair and gray eyes. Donald was last seen wearing a purple button up dress shirt and blue jeans. He is also carrying a blue backpack. He may also be wearing his eyeglasses. If you have seen Donald please call the Berkeley Police Department.

June 20 - Berkeley Police Investigating Serious-Injury DUI Collision

UPDATE: All lanes of Tunnel Road are now open, and all personnel are clearing the scene of this serious-injury DUI collision investigation.

Original Message:

The Berkeley Police Department advises you to AVOID Tunnel Road between Alvarado and The Uplands due to a traffic collision. Tunnel Road is closed in both directions in that area.There will be traffic backups and detours for the next few hours. Please consider alternative routes to Highway 24 and Highway 13.

On Friday, June 20, 2014 at approximately 2:22 a.m. the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) were dispatched to a report of solo vehicle collision in the area of Tunnel Road between Alvarado and The Uplands.

The passenger in the vehicle sustained significant injuries and was transported by the Berkeley Fire Department to a local hospital for treatment.

Due to the seriousness of the passenger's injuries, BPD's Fatal Accident Investigation Team (FAIT) has been called in to handle the investigation.

BPD will update with more information as it becomes available.

June 18 - Berkeley POlice Department Members Particpating Special Olympics TorchRun

Each year, members of BPD volunteer their time and money to "give back". They accomplish their generosity in a number of special ways, within the City of Berkeley, in the cities where they live... and beyond. Some of these endeavors include Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, AIDs Life Cycle and the Berkeley Combined Charities Campaign. In addition, members have run, walked and cycled for breast cancer, diabetes and other charitable organizations raising awareness. Members continue to explore new and creative ways to give back.

On June 24th, members of the Berkeley Police Department will join law enforcement personnel in Northern California by participating in this year’s TorchRun Campaign supporting Special Olympics. Every June, hundreds of law enforcement personnel carry the Special Olympics Torch the Flame of Hope through counties all over Northern California, culminating at the opening ceremonies for the Summer Games to be held at UC Davis. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of the largest grass roots fundraising program and public awareness effort, becoming the single largest supporter of Special Olympics.

BPD members will be staged and ready to receive the Flame of Hope at 10:00 a.m. from members of the Emeryville Police Department at San Pablo Avenue and Burnett Street. Our members will then run the torch north along San Pablo Avenue and turn over the Flame of Hope to members of the Albany Police Department at the Berkeley/Albany border.

For more information about Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, please visit www.torchrunsonc.com

June 16 - Berkeley Police Investigate Traffic Collision

UPDATE:

As of 10:00 p.m., the intersection of Bancroft Way and Acton Street are now open. BPD appreciates the community's assistance during this investigation.

UPDATE:

The Berkeley Police Department is currently investigating an injury collision that occurred at the intersection of Bancroft Way and Acton Street. The collision involved a vehicle hitting a bicyclist. The bicyclist is a 7 year old boy, who was transported to the hospital by the Berkeley Fire Department. He is suffering from series injuries, but is reported in stable condition. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The intersection is currently closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. We anticipate it will be closed for an extended period of time. We appreciate your patience as we investigate this matter.

We will update you when the roadways are opened.

June 16 -  Berkeley PD Searching For Missing Person at Risk   

The Berkeley Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing "at risk" person: Lawrence "Larry" Butters, 85 yrs old, Male, White, 509, 200 lbs. Mr. Butters may be wearing blue/black plaid button-up shirt, over a black t-shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and using a walking cane. He has a metal bracelet on his wrist. Mr. Butters is at risk due to his age, dementia, and additional medical issues. Mr. Butters was last seen on the afternoon of 6/15/14 in the area of the 1700 block of Solano Ave. Mr. Butters frequents local coffee shops on Solano Ave. in Berkeley.

UPDATE:  The missing person at risk, Mr. Butters, was contacted by a good samiritan in a Rockridge neighborhood coffee shop. Concerned about Mr. Butters, the community member called the caretaker, whose contact information was on the bracelet being worn by Mr. Butters. A BPD officer and the caretaker responded. Mr. Butters was uninjured and is being returned to his home.

June 12 - Juneteenth Festival

The annual Juneteenth Festival will be held Sunday, June 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The 27th Annual Juneteenth Festival will take place in south Berkeley along the Alcatraz-Adeline corridor. 

There will be several road closures during the festival and traffic will be affected in the area. Adeline Street and Marin Luther King Jr. Way between Alcatraz Avenue and Ashby Avenue will be closed.  There will be no vehicle access to Adeline Street from side streets.   Please expect the roadways to be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

For event information be visit http://www.berkeleyjuneteenth.org/.

June 3 - Save the Date! National Night Out is Coming!

The City of Berkeley welcomes all Neighborhood Watch Groups, local businesses, faith based organizations, and community groups to organize and join us in a festive and positive night.  Let’s celebrate community, safety, disaster preparedness, and the fight against crime along with members from the Berkeley Police Department, Fire Department, and City of Berkeley Staff on Tuesday, August 5th.  Help us celebrate 31 years of National Night Out.

National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

If you are planning on participating in the 31st anniversary of National Night Out this year, registration will begin in July 2nd.   

For more information about National Night Out please visit www.natw.org or contact Officer Stephanie Polizziani at 510-981-5772 or spolizziani@cityofberkeley.info.

June 3 - Special Response Team Members Receive City Proclamation

On June 3, 2014, members of the Berkeley Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) received a City Proclamation during the City Council Meeting regarding their participation in the 2013 Urban Shield Training Exercise hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. 

Urban Shield is a federally funded forty-eight hour competitive training exercise for first responders, including firefighters, EMS and police.  The exercise is based on real-world emergencies and critical events.  Teams came from all parts of the world to participate in the exercise.  Thirty four teams participated in the exercise, including teams from Texas and Brazil.  The exercise draws international attention and has had observes from many countries including The Netherlands and Switzerland. 

BPD’s SRT Team demonstrated their skills and dedication to their mission by placing first among the competing teams in the exercise.  This is the first time Berkeley’s team placed first and is the result of a multi-year effort.  The Police Review Commission voted on 12/11/2013 to recognize the Team for this accomplishment.   The Mayor and City Council later issued a proclamation congratulating 2013 team members Sergeants Jennifer Louis, Spencer Fomby, Joe Okies, Sean Ross and Officers Scott Castle, Kevin Kleppe, Rashawn Cummings and Sean Tinney for their efforts and performance at Urban Shield, 2013. 

June 3 - Berkeley Police Officers receive City Proclamation for Act of Heroism.

At the June 3, 2014 City Council Meeting, Lieutenant Andrew Rateaver and Officers Melissa Kelly and Ana Baber received a City Proclamation from the Mayor and City council for their heroism.

On May 7th, a large fire broke out in a fenced storage area underneath the University Overpass.  Lt. Rateaver was the first on scene and recognized the overwhelming danger.  He requested immediate assistance.  Inside the fenced in area were two male subjects.  The fence was locked, essentially trapping the men next to the fire.  Officers Kelly and Baber immediately responded to the Lt. Rateaver’s request.  With no protective gear, the three officers did not hesitate to put themselves in harms way and helped pull the two men trapped behind the fence to safety.  Their actions saved the lives of the two men, who may have died if they had remained trapped behind the fence. 

MAY

May 29 - Get Your Carseat Installed by Berkeley PD

The best way to ensure a child’s safety in a vehicle is to make sure they are put into a suitable car seat. Berkeley Police will install your car seat for you.

If you have a question about infant or child car seats, their proper installation or would like to set up an appointment, please call the Traffic Bureau at 510-981-5980.  Appointments are dependent on personnel availability.

California law requires children to ride in either a car seat or booster seat until the age of eight or until they reach of height of 4 feet 9 inches.  http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/leg/newleg.htm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends anyone under the age of 12 years old should ride in the back seat.   

For more information about child safety and car seat installation please visit the NHTSA website or the California Office of Traffic Safety website at the links below.  Please help keep Berkeley’s children safe.

http://www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm

http://www.ots.ca.gov/child_passenger_safety.asp

May 27 - Matrix Town Hall Meeting

The Berkeley Police Department will be having a Town Hall meetings to discuss possible changes to the department’s beat structure and to ensure the most efficient police services are being delivered to all those who come to and live in the city. 

Given changes in the City over the past two decades, the Police Department has been examining its beat deployment strategy with the help of Matrix Consulting Group.  Matrix has been analyzing population, geography, patrol deployment, staffing levels, officer workload, calls for service, proactive patrol time, response times, crime data, industry standards and best practices and the need for flexibility of resources to respond to identified crime trends, as well as the costs associated with service delivery.

As part of this process, BPD and Matrix are seeking public input in each Council District.  Community input will help the department and its consultants understand concerns about the availability and responsiveness of police resources. We would like to invite community members to attend the meetings and provide your input regarding the study. 

District 1:  Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at James Kenny Community Center, 1720 8th Street

We will continue to let you know as other District meetings are scheduled. 

For more information regarding the study please contact Matrix Consulting Group at rbrady@matrixcg.net.

May 27 -  BPD Cops Contribute to Fight HIV/AIDS

This year, Lieutenant Randy Files will once again embark on a seven-day 545-mile pedaling journey to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness and patient care. 

Lieutenant Files using his own vacation time will ride the AIDS LifeCycle 2014 event starting June 1st and ending June 7th.  The ride will take him and 2,500 other cyclists from San Francisco to Los Angeles in seven days. 

The money raised will go to services that benefit persons living with HIV/AIDS and to increase HIV/AIDS awareness.  The AIDS LifeCycle ride is sponsored by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

The AIDS Lifecycle is one of the many ways BPD officers express their commitment to the community.  Lieutenant Files, Operations Commander has taken part in the AIDS Lifecycle ride for the past 16 years.  “I have met so many astounding, wonderful people from all walks of life engaged in this fight against HIV/AIDS.  It is truly and honor to stand amongst them.”

Lieutenant Files has vowed to support his vent every year until there is a cure. 

For more information about AIDS LifeCycle please visit http://www.aidslifecycle.org/

May 27 - Get Your Car Seat Installed By Berkeley PD

The best way to ensure a child’s safety in a vehicle is to make sure they are put into a suitable car seat. Berkeley Police will install your car seat for you.

If you have a question about infant or child car seats, their proper installation or would like to set up an appointment, please call the Traffic Bureau at 510-981-5980.  Appointments are dependent on personnel availability.

California law requires children to ride in either a car seat or booster seat until the age of eight or until they reach of height of 4 feet 9 inches.  http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/leg/newleg.htm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends anyone under the age of 12 years old should ride in the back seat.   

For more information about child safety and car seat installation please visit the NHTSA website or the California Office of Traffic Safety website at the links below.  Please help keep Berkeley’s children safe.

http://www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm

http://www.ots.ca.gov/child_passenger_safety.asp

May 22 - Extra BPD DUI Patrols Out This Weekend

During Memorial Day Weekend, the Berkeley Police Department will have extra officers out to deter potential impaired drivers or arrest those found to be driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. 

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, in 2012, alcohol-impaired driving collisions claimed the lives of 10,322 people.  A first time DUI conviction can cost up to $10,000 in fines, legal fees, and insurance increases. 

Please do not drink and drive, use a designated driver or consider another form of transportation such as a taxi.

If you suspect someone is driving while under the influence, CALL 911.  Together we can help make Berkeley’s roadways safe. 

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

May 20 - Berkeley Police Remind You to Celebrate Safely

Please Celebrate Safely

Graduation is a cause for celebration and we know that many of you will gather to celebrate your achievements. 

The Berkeley Police Department asks that you celebrate responsibly.  Please don’t drink and drive, designate a driver or consider public transportation. 

If you are having a graduation party, please be a good host.  Here are a few tips for being a good host:

For more information please visit PartySafe@cal, http://uhs.berkeley.edu/psafe/

May 19- Click It or Ticket

Berkeley Police Remind You to Buckle Up       

The Berkeley Police Department wants to remind motorist to buckle up to protect their lives and avoid a ticket.  Beginning Monday, May 19th, officers will be joining in the 2014 National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization known as Click It or Ticket.  Berkeley Officers will join law enforcement agencies nationwide in enforcing and educating motorist who are not using their seatbelts.   This year’s mobilization period runs from May 19th through June 1st. 

According to data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years.  In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts.  A motorist not wearing their seat belt stands a 50 percent greater chance of being killed than those who took the time to buckle up. 

The cost for a seat belt violation in California for unbuckled vehicle occupants over the age 16 is a minimum of $161 for a first offense.  The penalty fees for failing to properly buckle up any child under the age of 16 is a minimum $490 per child for a first offense, plus a violation point will be added to the driver’s record.  If the parent is not in the car, the driver receives the citation. 

Wearing your seat belt is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself in the event of a crash.  If you are not wearing your seat belt, you could be cited.

For more traffic safety information, visit California Officer of traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Click  It or Ticket mobilization, www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

For more information about the Berkeley Police Department Traffic Bureau, please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Police/Home/Traffic_and_Parking_Bureau.aspx.

May 16 - Jazz On 4th Street

Road Closures on 4th Street

The 19th Annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival will take place, Sunday, May 18th, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The event will be held on Fourth Street between Hearst Street and Virginia Street.  Please be aware that Fourth Street will be closed during the event. 

Event information can be found at www.fourthstreet.com.

May 15 - Move Out

Congratulations on completing your year at UC Berkeley. Many students will be moving out over the next few weekends.  Whether you are leaving for the summer or graduating, many communities experience an increase in crimes during move out. The Berkeley Police Department would like to offer a few tips to discourage thieves and to help you protect your property.

Moving Out:

Vehicles:

At Home:

Please report suspicious activities by calling the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900.  If it is a life threatening emergency or a crime in progress dial 911

For more helpful information and services provided during move out, visit http://chancellor.berkeley.edu/gcr/local-community/programs-initiatives/move-in-move-out

May 12 - Matrix Community Meetings

The Berkeley Police Department will be having the first of several Town Hall meetings to discuss possible changes to the department’s beat structure and to ensure the most efficient police services are being delivered to all those who come to and live in the city. 

Given changes in the City over the past two decades, the Police Department has been examining its beat deployment strategy with the help of Matrix Consulting Group.  Matrix has been analyzing population, geography, patrol deployment, staffing levels, officer workload, calls for service, proactive patrol time, response times, crime data, industry standards and best practices and the need for flexibility of resources to respond to identified crime trends, as well as the costs associated with service delivery.

As part of this process, BPD and Matrix are seeking public input in each Council District.  Community input will help the department and its consultants understand concerns about the availability and responsiveness of police resources. We would like to invite community members to attend the meetings and provide your input regarding the study. 

District 2:  Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Rosa Parks Elementary School, 920 Allston Way

District 5 & 6:  Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda          

We will let you know about other meetings as they are scheduled.

For more information regarding the study please contact Matrix Consulting Group at rbrady@matrixcg.net.

May 8 - Avoid Distracted Walking  

If you’re reading this message on your smartphone while walking alone, put your phone away and look around.

Smartphone robberies from lone pedestrians at night account for the largest number of robberies in Berkeley.  Some simple steps can reduce your chances of being a victim.

Don’t use your smartphone while outside. Walk with others when possible. Be aware of your surroundings.

Of the 309 pedestrian robberies last year, 63 percent occurred with people who were walking alone and 58 percent had their smartphone in their hand.

Some victims had phones forcibly taken from them. Others were convinced by seemingly friendly strangers to take their phone out of their pockets or let a stranger borrow it.

Be aware of locations and situations that could make you more vulnerable to crime – such as alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells. 

Berkeley is not unique. Smartphone robberies have become a problem throughout the country due to their high value and easy sale on black markets. They are sold for hundreds of dollars and often shipped abroad.

Using your phone’s security features can also be a deterrent. For example, people using Apple products with the latest operating system, iOS7, can permanently disable a stolen phone using the Activation Lock feature.

Please report suspicious activities by calling the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900.  If it is a life threatening emergency or a crime in progress dial 911. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 6 - Report Berkeley Crimes Online

Community members can report certain crimes online, a service that’s particularly helpful when victims want to document crimes or need records for insurance purposes.

The Berkeley Police online reporting service is to be used when there are no leads, witnesses or suspect descriptions. It can be used to report harassing phone calls, identity theft, theft, auto burglaries, and vandalism to a home or vehicle.

Upon completing the online report, users will immediately receive a temporary case number.  Reports are reviewed within two business days.  Upon approval, you will receive a new case number and a PDF copy of the report you filed, which you may use for your own purposes. 

The Berkeley Police Department’s Online Crime Reporting System may be used to report the following crimes:

Harassing Phone Calls:  Repeated, disruptive or unwanted calls from an unknown source; re-occurring hang-up calls.

Identity Theft:  Obtaining someone else’s personal identifying information and using it to get credit, goods, or services.

Theft:  Your unattended property is taken without your permission by a person you did not see. 

Theft from Vehicle & Auto Burglary:  Property is stolen from an unlocked motor vehicle or car is broken into and items were stolen (a report may be reported regardless if the vehicle was locked, entry was made, or whether or not anything was taken.)

Vandalism (Home or Business):  The act of defacing, changing or modifying public or private property-graffiti, knocking over a mailbox, rocks thrown through windows, causing permanent damage. 

Vandalism to a Vehicle:  Tampering with a vehicle-Keying/Scratching, breaking a window, side mirror, or wipers.

Consider filing your report with Berkeley Police Department’s Online Crime Reporting System.

www.cityofberkeley.info/onlinereport

May 2 - Berkeley Police Hiring

We’re Hiring!  

We are currently accepting applications for both Lateral and Entry Level Police Officers. 

The Berkeley Police Department has been serving Berkeley’s community since 1905. We are seeking ambitious men and women to join the BPD family and build a worthwhile career in a professional law enforcement organization. Our goal is to have a workforce that reflects the diversity found in the community so that we enhance our ability to understand and respond to a variety of service needs. Our team is made up of dedicated sworn men and women who are devoted to reducing crime, treating the community with respect and compassion, and holding ourselves accountable for our performance. We encourage and welcome your participation in our hiring process.

Recognized as one of the most innovative and progressive law enforcement agencies in the country, the Berkeley Police Department continually strives to develop programs which focus upon increased service to the community in conjunction with enhanced effectiveness in combating crime.

The application deadline is Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. 

Please visit http://agency.governmentjobs.com/berkeley/default.cfm for more information or to apply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 1 - Berkeley Police Using Nixle

The Berkeley Police Department is now utilizing Nixle.  Nixle is a public notification service designed to improve communication with the people who live, work, and visit our City.  Nixle enables community-policing outreach in new ways.  It will help us add to our communication structure to help us solve crimes, build a safer community, and promote a positive partnership between the community and law enforcement.  

Using Nixle, BPD will deliver information to you instantly via text, email and/or web message.  Nixle messages are also viewable via mobile device.  The service is secure, reliable, easy to use and there is no cost to sign up.  You decide what information you receive and whether you want it sent to your cell phone, email, or just simply over the web.  Notifications will also be available through the City of Berkeley Police Department web page at:  www.cityofberkeley.info/police

We encourage your participation, please sign up today.  You can register by clicking the “Sign up” button on the alerts and advisories section of: www.nixle.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL

April 2 - Arrest Made in February Homicide

MARCH

March 6 - Update, Homicide Victim Identified, Reward Offered

March 1 - Homicide, 1100 Block of Addison Street

JANUARY

January 7 - BPD Make Arrest in Jermain Davis Homicide

 

2013 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

NOVEMBER

November 20 - Toys For Tots

OCTOBER  

October 23 - Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested Following Attack, Pursuit, Crash

October 10 - Thief Targets Tip Jars in North Berkeley

October 1 - Arrest and Murder Charges in Anthony Medearis Homicide

SEPTEMBER

September 10 - Berkeley Police Make Arrest in August Homicide

September 8 - Berkeley Police Investigating Fourth Homicide of 2013

AUGUST  

August 28 - BPD Conducting DUI Checkpoint

August 5 - Homicide Victim Identified

August 1 - Berkeley Police Investigate Homicide 

JULY

July 22 - National Night Out

July 22 - Reward Offered in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

July 17 - Berkeley Police Investigating Second Homicide Of 2013

July 16 - Berkeley Police Conducting Training Exercise

JUNE

June 18 - Berkeley Police Make Arrest in February Homicide

June 18 - BPD To Conduct DUI Checkpoint

MAY 

May 3 - BPD Seeking Community's Help Following Indecent Exposure Arrest

APRIL

April 3 - BPD Seeking Help to Catch a Robber

MARCH

March 16 - Two Employees Wounded During Early Morning Commercial Robbery

FEBRUARY

February 13 - Subject Dies Following Struggle With Police

February 12 - BPD Officer Injured During Search Warrant

February 6 - BPD Arrests Senior Avenue Burglars

February 4 - BPD Investigating City's First Homicide of 2013

 

2012 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

DECEMBER

December 20 - BPD Offering Reward for Information in Homicide of Homeless Man

 December 20 - BPD Offering Reward for Information in Homicide of Berkeley Woman

 December 20 - Crime Prevention Alert, Cell Phone Thefts 

 December 19 - BPD to Conduct DUI Checkpoint

 December 12 -  BPD Investigating Fatal Collision

 NOVEMBER

November 21 - BPD Seeking Help to Catch a Burglar

November 14 - Holiday Tradition Continues Meals Given to Families in Need

November 7 - Berkeley Police and Fire Department team up with the US Marines for Toys For Tots

November 7 - Berkeley Police Hosts Fair and Impartial Policing Training

 SEPTEMBER

September 11 - Two Year Anniversary of Murder Approaches  

 September 4 - 28th Annual Turkey Ride

AUGUST

August 30 - Parking Enforcement Officers to Cite For Diasabled Placard Abuse

 August 23 - Tips Lead To Possible Sighting Of Wanted Fugative

  JULY

July 23 - National Night Out 2012  

 MAY

May 21 - Solo Car Collision Involving Fatality 

May 8 - Suspect Who Shot At Officers Also Facing Charges in March Homicide
 

APRIL

April 30 - New Patrols to Work on Telegraph

April 26 - Cyclists Hit By Car, Crime Captured on Video

April 23 - Suspect Who Shot At Officers Identified 

April 17 - Officer Involved Shooting - Suspect Opens Fire on BPD Officers - On Friday, April 13, 2012 at...

April 3Reward For Information - Shooting Death of Devin Whitmire - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward and
Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering...

MARCH

March 30 - Investigation In Fatal Shooting Continues - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detectives are continuing
to investigate the shooting death of a man on Oregon Street near Sacramento Street.


FEBRUARY

Feb 19BPD Arrests Homicide Suspect - Overnight, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department...

Feb 9 - Berkeley Police Department (BPD) - Officer Involved Shooting During Narcotics Investigation - On Wednesday evening, February 8, 2012 at about 5:00 p.m. an officer involved shooting...

JANUARY

Jan 30 -  Reward For Information - City of Berkeley's First Homicide of 2012 
  - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000
reward...

Jan 24 - PLAY Academy to Begin Fourth Session - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), the University of California Police Department (UCPD) and the Berkeley Boosters/PoliceActivities League (PAL) are pleased to announce... 

 

2011 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

 

DECEMBER

Dec 21 - The Yearly Tradition Continues-Holiday Meals Given to Families in Need - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), Berkeley Boosters Association, University of California Police Department (UCPD) and community volunteers will gather in front of Old City Hall to continue a 27 year tradition.                                                           

Dec 15 -  Community Crime Alert - Thieves Use Ruses to Steal From Community- The City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) is warning the community that periodic trends occur in which thieves use ruses to commit theft, burglary, fraud and
other crimes.

NOVEMBER 

Nov 10 BPD Participation in Occupy CAL 

SEPTEMBER

Sept 20 - Second year of PLAY Academy - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), the University of California Police Department (UCPD) and the Berkeley Boosters/Police Activities League (PAL) are pleased to announce that the PLAY Academy was awarded a second grant in the amount of $20,000 for a second year.

Sept 8 - Suspect Arrested For Tire Vandalism Spree -The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has arrested the suspect responsible for vandalizing dozens of vehicle tires and spray painting a couple cars in South Berkeley and Oakland on August 31, 2011. The total number of vehicles vandalized was 74 - 61 in the City of Berkeley and 13 in the City of Oakland. 


AUGUST

Aug 30 - Property Crime Down - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) crime analysis and records units have completed work on crime statistics for the first six months of 2011.

Aug 30 - Cops in The Saddle Again - On Wednesday morning, August 31, 2011,16 current and retired members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department (UCPD) and six (6) support crew will embark on the 27th Annual Turkey Ride. Many of the riders use their own vacation time to participate.

Aug 23 - BPD Special Olympics Participation Continues With “Tip-a-Cop” 2011 - On Thursday, August 25th, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) are once again participating in Tip-a-Cop. Tip-a Cop is another in a series of fundraisers for Special Olympics of Northern California. The event is being held at Skates on the Bay in the Berkeley Marina from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

JULY

July 18 - Community Crime Alert - Robbery Suspects Focus on Smartphones - As was the trend when walkmans and CD players, then MP3 players and iPods became popular in the City of Berkeley community, crime suspects are now focusing increased attention on smartphones, especially during street robberies, the iPhone emerging as the most popular. 

July 13 - Reward increases to $20,000 in Investigation of 2010 Murder - The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the 2010 shooting death of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo has recently increased to $20,000 thanks to a contribution from the Government of Chile.

July 12 - Update July 8, 2011 Shooting in Berkeley at 62nd & King Streets - No Injured Have Come Forward - “A group of men were standing in the parking lot of Stanford Liquors in the 3400 block of King Street, Berkeley at about 2:25 p.m. on Friday July 8, 2011. They were standing near a few parked cars."

July 5 - National Night Out - August 2, 2011 is right around the corner! Let’s celebrate the fight against crime with the City of Berkeley Police, Fire and City of Berkeley Staff on Tuesday, August 2.

JUNE

June 23 - Community Crime Alert Help Needed To Nab Prowling Suspect - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is asking for the community’s help in nabbing a suspect who eluded arrest.

June 22 - Torch Runners through Berkeley - The Annual Torch Run sponsored by the Berkeley Police Department raised over $1,800 for this year’s event.

June 7 - Update - Car Found Submerged in Water in South Aquatic Park on the Morning of Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - “On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at about 7:33 a.m. a man had pulled over his car to make a phone call in the south end of South Aquatic Park in the City of Berkeley. He noticed a car that was submerged in the water just north of the roadway."

MARCH

March 25 - Driver Arrested After Evading Police - On 3/18/11, Berkeley Police Officers investigated of report of a robbery and assault with a deadly weapon at a grocery store in Berkeley.

March 22 - PLAY Graduation Honors Second Session Participants - The second session of the Police and Life Academy for Youth (PLAY) will hold a graduation for the participants of the program on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

March 10 - Six Month Anniversary of Death Draws Near - Saturday, March 12, 2011 will mark the six (6) month anniversary of the murder of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo

FEBRUARY

February 28 - Crime In Berkeley Down In 2010 - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Crime Analysis Unit recently completed their compilation of crime numbers for 2010. Overall, Part One (1) crime, which includes Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft, Auto Theft and Arson declined by 8.8%.

February 26 - Wanted For Bicycle Theft -  On February 26, 2011 at about 1:00 p.m., a community member locked her bicycle on a bike rack by the YMCA, 2000 block of Allston Way At approximately 1:19 p.m., the suspect shown in these pictures cut the lock off the bicycle.

JANUARY

January 18 - Second Session of Play Connects Participants with Local Law Enforcement - A new program called the Police and Life Academy For Youth (PLAY) will start its second  session on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. The first session was held from September to November 2010.

 

2010 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

 

DECEMBER 

December 15 -
 Members of BPD & BFD Gear Up for Toys for Tots 2010 - Members of BPD & BFD Gear Up for Toys for Tots 2010 - In one of the many events throughout the year in which members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) give back to the community, BPD and BFD are again teaming up with the U.S. Marines Corps Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2010.

December 15 - BPD Response to Robberies Results in 9 arrests. One responsible for North Berkeley Series - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) have made nine (9) arrests of robbery suspects citywide in recent days. The Alameda County District Attorney (DA) has since charged one of the suspects who BPD believes is connected to the North Berkeley robbery series with multiple counts of robbery and attempted robbery.

NOVEMBER

November 22 - Suspect Identified in Evelyn Street Sexual Assault - Early this morning an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect believed to be responsible for a home invasion sexual assault.
Wanted for rape, sodomy, false imprisonment, oral copulation, burglary, and sexual battery is:

November 22 - Suspect Sought In Early Morning Sexual Assault - This morning at 6:11 a.m., Patrol officers from the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a residential sexual assault which occurred on Evelyn Street in North Berkeley. The suspect entered the minor victim’s residence through an unlocked bedroom window.

November 15 -  Graduation Ceremony for the New Youth Academy -The Police and Life Academy for Youth (PLAY) will hold its very first graduation ceremony tonight, November 15th. The ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of the Berkeley High School students who successfully completed the first 11 session PLAY program.

November 4 - Members of BPD gear up for Toys for Tots 2010 - In one of the many events throughout the year in which members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) give back to the community, BPD is again teaming up with the U.S. Marines Corps Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2010.

OCTOBER

October 29 -  Arrest made in Berkeley Homicide and Shooting - Two days after a shooting left one man dead and another seriously wounded, City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detectives are announcing an arrest in the case.

October 20 - Quick Arrests in Rash of Robberies - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department have arrested, and the Alameda County District Attorney has charged, six (6) armed robbery suspects in connection with two separate robbery investigations involving five different victims.

October 14 - City of Berkeley Police to Begin Special Traffic Enforcement / Education Program - In a new effort to save lives and prevent injuries on City of Berkeley streets, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is expanding their regular traffic enforcement with special projects.

October 6- Thieves focus on bank ATMs - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property and Fraud detectives are warning the community about a growing crime trend. In 2010, there have been approximately 23 cases in which suspects easily gain access to Bank of America (BofA) debit and credit cards at the branches’ Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). Community members make a transaction and forget to get their cards before walking away.

October 6 - BPD Officers to wear tutus for Special Olympics Fundraiser - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Motor Officers along with their partners from City of San Jose Police (SJPD) Department and deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) will be wearing tutus for an upcoming motorcycle ride to benefit Special Olympics of Northern California.

SEPTEMBER 

September 29 - Goal of Berkeley Police DUI checkpoints is to educate and save lives - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be holding another Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint tonight, Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

September 28- Promotional ceremony honoring three members of BPD - Three members of the City of Berkeley Police (BPD) Department will take their oaths to move to the next respective police rank in BPD’s first public promotional ceremony. On Thursday September 30, 2010, all members of the community, BPD colleagues, family and friends, City of Berkeley employees, members of local government and other law enforcement agencies are welcome to join BPD on this memorable occasion.
The following BPD employees will be sworn in by BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan.

September 24 - New academy connects youth with local law enforcement - A new program called the Police and Life Academy For Youth (PLAY) will hold its very first session on Monday, September 27, 2010. A few of the diversity of topics that will be explored by City of Berkeley teenagers during the 11 week program will be an introduction to criminal justice and policing, conflict resolution, emergency preparedness, health, fitness and career opportunities.

September 23 -Reducing bicycle collisions - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be focusing enforcement on the State of California’s bicycle laws as part of an ongoing weekly series of projects aimed at reducing all injury traffic collisions by 10 percent in the city. Enforcement, Education and Engineering are the three components to a traffic collision reduction strategy.

September 16 - Safely dispose of unsafe medications - Residents can come to San Pablo Park on September 25 and safely and anonymously dispose of all unused, unneeded and expired prescription medications. The City of Berkeley and LifeLong Medical Care are inviting residents to participate in the first nationwide prescription drug take-back program.

September 15 - Victim of homicide identified and reward offered - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo, 35 years old, a Chilean national who was living in Berkeley.

September 15 - Turkey Ride 2010 - Berkeley, California On Wednesday morning, September 15, 2010, 19 current and retired members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department (UCPD) and five support crew will embark on the 27th Annual Turkey Ride. Many of the riders are off duty and use their own vacation time to participate

September 13 - Early morning homicide at Adeline and Emerson St. -The City of Berkeley Police Department Homicide Detectives are investigating an early morning shooting at Adeline and Emerson Streets in South Berkeley that has left one man dead.

September 3 - Berkeley Police continue holding D.U.I. checkpoints - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be holding another Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint on Friday, September 3, 2010

AUGUST

August 26 - Berkeley Police Department Conducting D.U.I. Checkpoint The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be holding a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint on Friday, August 27, 2010 to launch their participation in the Labor Day “Avoid the 21” campaign.

August 19 - Serving up smiles - On Thursday, August 19, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department are once again participating in Tip-a-Cop. Tip-a Cop is another in a series of fundraisers for Special Olympics of Northern California. The event is being held at Skates on the Bay in the Berkeley Marina from 5 to 9 p.m.

August 5 - 2010-08-05 Community's Help Needed – Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) are asking for the community’s help in locating a developmentally disabled woman whose name is Heather Bloom. In June of 2009, Bloom’s mother, who lives in New York called BPD after she had not been able to contact her daughter and Heather’s adult caretaker since 2005.

JULY

July 23 - Suspect arrested for arson - Berkeley, California (Friday, July 23, 2010) – City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives have arrested a man responsible for a suspicious fire in front of Sam’s Market, 2312 Telegraph Avenue. This fire was one of nine (9) fires that had been deliberately set on city property in the South Campus area since Friday, July 16th. Detectives found Travis Eugene Churchill, 25 of Berkeley in People’s Park on July 20, 2010 and took him into custody without incident.

July 21 - Members of BPD give of their time and energy to raise donations for Special Olympics - Berkeley, California, On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) participated in one of the many Special Olympics of Northern California fundraising events. That morning, a spirited group of BPD Officers and Parking Enforcement Officers, as well as some family members, took turns carrying the torch 2.2 miles on San Pablo Avenue from Ashby Avenue in Berkeley to the City of Albany border.

July 20 - $17,000 reward offered in homicide on 2800 Block of Milvia - Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 20, 2010) - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of Marcus Isiah Mosley Jr., 29 years old.

July 19 - Homicide in the 2800 Block of Milvia Street -Friday evening, July 16, 2010 community members began calling the City of Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) 911 lines at approximately 5:10 p.m. reporting hearing gun shots. BPD Patrol Officers responded to the 2800 block of Milvia Street, just north of Russell Street and found a male slumped over the wheel in the driver’s side of a parked car in that block.

JUNE

June 17- Collaboration leads to success - Collaboration between the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the City of Oakland Police Department (OPD) led to the arrest of the suspect in the May 20th shooting of a man and woman in the 1700 block of 63rd Street.

June 4 - 2010-06-04 $17,000 Reward offered in Berkeley Homicide - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of a Berkeley man. He has been identified as
Kenneth Jerome Tims, Jr., 30 years old.

MAY

May 27Buckle up day or night- Berkeley Police Department (BPD) officers will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the statewide 2010 Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 6.

May 7 - Vanished over fourteen years ago - Unsettled missing teen case - Over fourteen years have passed since the vanishing of Berkeley High School student, Peter John McColl. The case has had no viable leads since the day McColl disappeared leaving the family desperate for answers.

APRIL

April 30 - Berkeley DUI checkpoint seeks to save lives - Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes.  Last year in California, 1,029 people died in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. 

April 27-  Cabbie arrested for sexual battery - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has arrested a cabbie who sexually battered women fares in January 2008 and April 2010.  Investigation by patrol officers led to the arrest of Ali Al Obadi, 29 of Oakland who was charged with PC 207 (Kidnapping), PC 236 (False Imprisonment), and two counts of PC 243.4 (Sexual Battery).  Ali Al Obadi works as a taxi driver for an Oakland based Taxi Company.

April 22 - Night ends early for robbery suspect 3 arrested - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) arrested three suspects in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred within a few blocks and minutes of each other.

April 7 - Community Crime Alert Armed Robbery Series in North Berkeley - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Robbery Detectives are currently investigating a series of armed robberies in North Berkeley.  BPD would like the community to be aware and alert to this series

MARCH

March 17 - Police attempt to identify Burglary Suspect - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are asking for the community’s help to identify a possible suspect who may be responsible for a series of seven residential burglaries.  Detectives believe this series began in late February and is still ongoing.

March 12 - Robbery Suspect Caught On Film - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is asking for the community’s help in identifying the above pictured   suspect (pictured on the left) who is responsible for a commercial robbery. The robbery occurred at the Andronico’s Market located at 2655 Telegraph Ave.

March 11 - Suspect Arrested In Over-Night Vehicular Manslaughter Case - At approximately 9:05 p.m., on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a report of an injury accident near the intersection of Adeline and Harmon Streets.

March 2 - Police Focus on Pedestrian Safety in March - The Berkeley Police Department will be focusing on pedestrian safety this month to honor the memory of Zachary Cruz.

FEBRUARY

February 16 - Berkeley Police Officer Receives Officer of the Year Award  - On February 10, 2010, Berkeley Police Officer Douglas Golden was honored as the Northern California Officer of the Year at an awards dinner in Reno, Nevada. The California Robbery Investigator’s Association awarded him for his heroic actions in helping the San Leandro Police Department (SLPD) apprehend three armed and dangerous robbery suspects.

February 13 - Gang Member Sought Iin Berkeley's First Homicide of 2010 - On Thursday, February 11, 2010 at approximately 7:40 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a stabbing which had just occurred on the 2100 block of Curtis Street.

JANUARY

January 25 -  Mechanics Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested- On Monday, January 25, at 1:39 p.m., Patrol officers from the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to the Mechanics Bank on the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue for a reported robbery which had just occurred.

January 15 - Swearing-In Ceremony For Police Chief Michael K. Meehan - The City of Berkeley is pleased to announce the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed Police Chief Michael K. Meehan on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

January 13 - Community Crime Alert Burglary Suspects Caught On Tape (Update) On September 30, 2009, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) asked for the community’s help in identifying the suspects pictured below who were believed to be responsible for two daytime residential burglaries.

 

2009 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

 

DECEMBER 

December 31 - Berkeley Police Prepare for New Year's Day DUI Checkpoint - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, January 1, 2010. The checkpoint will occur during the evening hours on San Pablo Avenue at Camelia Street in West Berkeley.

December 21 - Sketch Released In Southeast Berkeley Shooting - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is asking for the community’s help in identifying the suspect pictured below who is responsible for an attempted robbery and an assault with a deadly weapon.

December 15 - Detectives Seek Public's Help With 2009's Only Unsolved Homicide  - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detail is asking for the community’s help in closing its only remaining unsolved homicide for 2009.

December 1 - Community Crime Alert Detectives Seek Community's Assistance in Southeast Berkeley Robbery - The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is seeking the Community’s assistance in identifying two suspects involved in a street robbery and shooting Sunday evening in southeast Berkeley.

NOVEMBER 

November 19 -  Police Team Up For Toys For Tots - The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will again be teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Foundation Toys For Tots program this year. As in years past, toys will be distributed to Berkeley children who would not otherwise receive toys during the holidays. The department expects to distribute about 3000 new toys.

OCTOBER

October 15 -  Whole Foods Carjacker Arrested - Using DNA recovered at the scene of a series of 2008 carjacking/attempts, City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detectives served an early morning search warrant on the 5900 Block of Camden Street, in Oakland. 

SEPTEMBER

September 29 -  Berkeley Police Celebrate Turkey Ride’s 25th Anniversary; Police to Deliver Hundreds of Holiday Meals On Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 6:00am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), Berkeley Boosters
Association, University of California Police Department (UCPD), and community members will gather in front of Old City Hall to continue a 25 year-old tradition.

September 23 -  Police Close The Books On Two Attempted Rape/Burglary Cases The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is announcing the closure of two Attempted Rape/Burglary cases from earlier this year. On August 4, 2009 Sex Crimes Detectives arrested Ferhat Djoumi 

September 17 - Drunk Drivers Beware! The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, September 18, 2009.

September 7 -  Cops Get Back in the Saddle for Families in Need- On Wednesday morning, September 9, 2009, 21 current and retired members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and their guests will embark on the 26th Annual Turkey Ride.  This year’s fundraising event will take the cyclists and their 7-person support crew from Daly City to Cambria, Calif. (Hearst Castle).

September 4 -  Community Help Needed To Find Developmentally Disabled Woman - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is urging the community to be on the look out for Eva Pena, a woman with severe developmental disabilities.

AUGUST

August 17 - BPD Welcomes New Traffic Substation- The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is pleased to announce the new home of the BPD Traffic Bureau. All BPD Traffic and Parking Bureau operations will now be located at 841 Folger Street (at the corner of Folger and 7th Streets).

August 14 - Suspect Arrested for 2006 Murder - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with a 2006 murder. The Alameda County District Attorney has charged Bahsson Carl Smith, 28, of Berkeley with one count of 187(a) PC for the February 2006 shooting death of Keith Stephens.

JULY

July 20 - Police Make Arrest in Explosives Case - The City of Berkeley Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 "hang-up" call and ultimately removed chemicals and explosives from a Grizzly Peak home and arrested the resident. (more) 

JUNE

June 29 - CCA S. Berkeley Fires Likely Arson - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a series of fires on the 1700 and 1800 block of Woolsey Street in South Berkeley that appear to have been intentionally set. (more) 

June 25 - Police Prepare for DUI Checkpoint - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, June 26, 2009. (more)

June 9 -  Community Crime Alert  - Help Needed To Identify Possible Suspect Who Drops Phone - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are asking for the community’s help to identify a possible suspect in a series of residential burglaries. (more)

June 9 - Wanted - Homicides in West Berkeley/North Oakland - Rafael Campbell, 24, of Oakland (pictured below) is still wanted in connection with the May 16, 2009 murder of Charles Davis, 25, of Berkeley at Allston Way and Tenth Street in West Berkeley. (more)

June 8 -   South Berkeley Shooting Injures Two  - Two children were injured this morning when the home they were sleeping in was struck by gunfire.  The children, girls ages 3 and 6 years old, are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. (more)

MAY  

May 26 -   Third Suspect Arrested in West Berkeley/North Oakland Homicides - On May 25, 2009, at 1:42 a.m., the City of Berkeley Police Department received a Teletype from the Federal Bureau of Investigations advising that Samuel Flowers had been arrested for Grand Theft, Petty Theft, and Resisting Arrest in Bal Harbour, Florida. (more)  

May 23 - Suspects Identified in West Berkeley/North Oakland Homicides The City of Berkeley is offering a $45,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the deaths of three men in Berkeley and North Oakland. (more) 

May 21 -  $47,000 Reward Offered In Berkeley Homicides - The City of Berkeley is offering a $45,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the deaths of three men in Berkeley and North Oakland. (more)

May 21 -  $17,000 Reward Offered In Berkeley’s Second Homicide of the Year - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the death of a Southwest Berkeley resident. (more) 

May 21 -  “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” - Berkeley Police Prep for Holiday Weekend - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, May 22, 2009. (more)

May 20 -  Father Charged With Murder of Five Month Old Son - On May 15, 2009, at approximately 4:41 p.m. the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received a 9-1-1 a call about a choking infant in a home on the 1300 block of Ward Street. (more) 

May 20 - Police Pretender/Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested - A suspect who alleged he was an undercover police officer when he sexually assaulted a woman in the City of Berkeley has been arrested. (more) 

May 17 - Homicide Suspects Arrested Following Pursuit - Two homicide suspects were arrested Saturday evening after leading City of Berkeley Police (BPD) officers on a pursuit through West and South Berkeley, then onto the streets of North Oakland. The pursuit began when a BPD officer spotted a Cadillac occupied by four male suspects fleeing the scene of a shooting. (more) 

May 14 - Impaired Drivers Beware - Checkpoint on May 15, 2009 - As part of a grant received from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has scheduled another Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License (DL) checkpoint. (more)

May 6 - Detectives Seek Community’s Assistance In Identifying Robbery Suspect - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Robbery Detail is asking for the community’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect. (more) 

May 5 - $17,000 Reward Offered In South Berkeley Vehicular Manslaughter - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for a felony hit and run in which the victim died as a result of his injuries. (more)

May 5 - Berkeley Police Investigate Second Homicide of the Year - At 11:29 p.m. on May 4, 2009, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received 911 calls from residents reporting shots fired in Southwest Berkeley. (more)

APRIL 

Apr 22 - Community Crime Alert - Detectives Investigate Attempted Sexual Assault - This morning at approximately
4:00 a.m., Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Patrol Officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress on the 1100 block of Hearst Avenue in Northwest Berkeley (more)

MARCH

Mar 31 -  Last Three Suspects in Custody in Home Invasion Robbery - On Monday, March 30, 2009 City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detectives in conjunction with officers from Richmond and the El Cerrito Police Departments served a search warrant (more) 

Mar 16 -  Fifth Suspect Sought in Heinous Home Invasion Robbery - Following last Wednesday’s successful warrant service, Detectives have learned the identity of a fifth suspect involved in the late February Berkeley home invasion robbery.

Mar 12 - Suspects Arrested in Heinous Home Invasion Robbery - Arrests Made But Torture Suspect and Others At Large- On Wednesday, March 11, 2009 City of Berkeley Police (BPD) Detectives conducted early morning search warrants at 4 separate locations in the Cities of San Pablo and Richmond.

Mar 6 - Community Crime Alert - Community Asked to Help Identify Sexual Predator's Clothing - Following the February 20, 2009 sexual assault that occurred on the 2200 block of Haste Street, the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) recovered three articles of clothing believed to have been dumped by the suspect in an effort to change his appearance (pictured below). BPD is asking the community to help us identify the suspect based on the previously released sketch and the articles of clothing.

Mar 3 - Community Crime Alert Sexual Predator Strikes Twice Over the Weekend - On Saturday, February 28, 2009 Berkeley Police Department Patrol Officers responded to two separate reports of sexual assault, which detectives believe are linked to the ongoing series in the South Campus Area. (more)

FEBRUARY

Feb 25 -  Arrest Made in 2006 Homicide at House Party - A little over three years from the crime, City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide detectives have secured an arrest and charges for the suspect responsible for the 2006 murder of
Juan Carlos Ramos of El Cerrito. (more)

Feb 23 - Community Crime Alert - Sexual Predator Finds 12th Victim Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect - On Friday, February 20, 2009 at approximately 1 AM, City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Patrol Officers responded to the 2100 block of Haste Street near the University of California’s South Campus for a report of sexual battery that detectives believe is linked to the ongoing series. (more)

Feb 20 -  Police Get Tough on Drunk Drivers - Checkpoint Scheduled for February 20, 2009  The Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) Traffic Bureau is warming up the breathalyzer and prepping their citation books in anticipation of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint which will be held Friday, February 20, 2009 between 10 PM and 2 AM on University Avenue at Bonar Street. (more)

Feb 18 - Community Crime Alert Predator Wanted On 10 Counts Of Sexual Battery - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Sex Crimes Detectives are still seeking the community’s help in catching a prolific sexual deviant. (more)

Feb 17 - Patrol Officers Take Sexual Predator Off the Streets -  On Thursday, February 12, 2009 City of Berkeley Police Officers responded to a report of a prowler who was peering into a residence on the 2000 block of Parker Street.  One of the victims discovered the prowler using a ladder to peep into his girlfriend’s second floor apartment window. (more)

JANUARY

Jan 28 - Community Crime Alert Help Needed to Catch A Predator - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Sex Crimes detectives need the community’s help to nab a predator. Detectives are tracking a series of assaults in which the suspect is focusing on college-aged women who are wearing skirts. (more)

Jan 12 - Two Suspects Arrested In 10th Street Shooting - At 8:15 PM on January 11, 2009, Berkeley Police responded to a report of a verbal argument on the 1100 block of Parker St.  As they moved into the area gunshots were heard fired somewhere on the 2500 block of 10th St.  Responding officers discovered an adult African-American male victim who had been hit several times by gunfire lying on the sidewalk on the west side of the Bank of America Parking lot (2546 San Pablo Ave). (more)

Jan 12 - Berkeley Police Investigate 10th Street Shooting - At 8:15 PM on January 11, 2009, Berkeley Police responded to a report of a verbal argument on the 1100 block of Parker St.  While looking for the people involved in the argument Officers heard a series of gunshots that they believed were fired somewhere on the 2500 block of 10th St. (more) 

 

2008 Media Releases & Crime Alerts

 

DECEMBER

Dec 30 - Berkeley and Oakland Police Partner-Up For Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Enforcement - On January 2, 2009 the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the Oakland Police Department (OPD) will partner-up and hit the streets as part of Operation “LAST CALL”; a directed enforcement effort aimed at protecting motorists from impaired drivers. (more) 

Dec 24 - Body Found in Apartment Identified - Detectives of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detail have learned the identity of the body found at 2235 Ashby Avenue. The Alameda County Coroner used dental records to confirm the identification of the remains as Taruk Joseph Ben Ali, 08/14/68. The cause of his death has not been determined pending the completion of the Coroner’s investigation. (more)

Dec 22 -Turkeys Not Tickets (The Christmas Batch) - On Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 6:30am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department, and the Berkeley Boosters Association will gather in front of Old City Hall for the second half of a 24 year tradition. (more) 

Dec 18 - Suicide Investigation Leads to Discovery Of Entombed Body - On December 15, 2008 at approximately 6:00PM Berkeley Police Officers responded to the 2200 block of Ashby Ave for a report of a verbal argument. (more)

Dec 17-  Toys Not Tickets - On Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 8:00AM, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the Berkeley Fire Department will gather in the front lobby of the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building (PSB, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way) to continue a 15 year tradition of giving to the less fortunate in our community. (more)

Dec 15 - Community Crime Alert “Window Smash” Residential Burglary Series - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes Detectives are warning the community after seven actual and one attempted residential “window smash” burglaries were reported over the last 10 days. (more)

Dec 12 - Berkeley Police Department Undertakes Special Holiday DUI Enforcement -Public Also Asked to Call 911 to Report Suspected Drunk Drivers - Beginning December 12, 2008 through Jan 13, 2009 the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will join law enforcement across the state as part of California’s Holiday Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Crackdown Campaign, an effort to better protect holiday motorists from impaired drivers. (more)

NOVEMBER

Nov 25 - Berkeley Police Awarded Driving Under the Influence Grant By State Office Of Traffic Safety - The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is set to begin a yearlong anti-Driving Under the Influence (DUI) program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Berkeley streets.  The program comes as the result of a recent $174,846 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nov 24 - Cops Give Turkeys Not Tickets - On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 6:00am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department and members of the community will gather in front of Old City hall to continue a 24 year tradition. 

Nov 18 - Arrest Made in Derby Street Double Homicide - This morning the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Desmen Riashem Lankford 24, of Berkeley, with two counts of murder in the September 18, 2008 shooting deaths of Kelvin Davis (26) and Kevin Parker (42) in the 1400 block of Derby Street. (more) 

Nov 14 - Alcohol Argument Precipitates Stabbing- At 11:49pm on Thursday, November 13, 2008, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) got a 911 call from the clerk of a liquor store in the 1200 block of University Avenue who reported a stabbing. (more) 

OCTOBER

Oct 31 - Community Participation Critical In Solving Berkeley’s Most Violent Crimes -  City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) detectives are urging the community to work with them to help solve the city’s open murder investigations of 2008. (more)

Oct 24 - Community Crime Alert - Burglars Kick Doors in the Hills - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are alerting the community about a series of daytime burglaries that have been plaguing the North Berkeley Hills in the past two months. (more) 

Oct 23 - Second Arrest Made in Silver Car Robbery Series - At approximately 7:00 am members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detective Division served a search warrant on the 5700 block of Genoa St.,Oakland. (more)

Oct 20 -