Berkeley Police Operations Division
The Operations Division is the largest division within the Berkeley Police Department and is commanded by Captain Jen Louis with the support of four (4) Lieutenants, often referred to as Watch Commanders and one (1) Lieutenant in the Community Services Bureau.
The Division was created in September of 2010 under a Department-wide reorganization implemented by the Office of the Chief of Police. In addition to Captain Louis and the Lieutenants, the Division also consists of 14 Sergeants, 78 Officers, 20 Reserve Police Officers, and 1 Administrative Assistant. The majority of the Division's assets are in Patrol Operations, which consists of the patrol teams that cover the City 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. These officers respond to all calls for service and are often regarded as the ‘heart’ of the department.
Patrol/Beat officers and their team members in the Operations Division are the most visible representatives of city government, and provide a wide variety of services to the community. The men and women of the Operations Division include seven uniformed Patrol Teams, Bicycle Patrol Officers and the Community Services Bureau. The Bomb Squad, the Special Response Team, and the Field Training Officer (FTO) program also function within the Patrol Division.
For a complete list of Officers and their assigned beats please click the Beat Officers' Assignment list. Officers report to their Patrol Sergeants and are in regular communication with other BPD Divisions to work on community projects, special enforcement projects and community safety. BPD has divided the city into 16 geographic Beats. Patrol Officers are assigned primarily to these sixteen beats. They respond to calls for service from community members, visitors, other city services, merchants as well as proactively work to reduce crime within the City.
Finally, the Division includes the Community Services Bureau. Under the supervision of a Police Lieutenant, the unit consists of one Sergeant who is the Public Information Officer (PIO), and one Community Services Bureau Sergeant. This Sergeant is responsible for the Police Reserve Program, Special event coordination (i.e.; parades, festivals, marathons) and the 4 Area Coordinators. The Area Coordinators have the responsibilities of facilitating needs, responding to concerns and complaints in their respective assigned areas. These officers coordinate policing services in their respective areas, working closely with the community and other city services in doing so. The goal of these relationships and the subsequent work they do is to ensure that crime and other associated problematic issues are being addressed comprehensively and with long-term strategies in mind. They research special projects, attend community and Neighborhood Watch meetings, regularly exchange information with the patrol officers who work your beat and neighborhood and participate in dialogue through phone calls and emails.
Each Sergeant and Officer position in the Community Services Bureau is considered a special assignment. BPD officers must interview and be selected for these assignments which are typically help for three to four years.
The general office line to reach the Area Coordinators is (510) 981-5806. The Area Coordinators' goal is to spend at least half of their time in the field throughout the week doing special projects and attending meetings.
If you are not sure what beat you live or work in, please link to our Map of the City which lists all 16 beats and each coordinator that represents the area. You can also link to the beat officer line-up to know which officer patrols your area.
Patrol Lieutenants' / Watch Commanders' Office
|Patrol Sergeants' Office
||Beat Officers' Voicemail