For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Mary Kusmiss, Sergeant S-6, BPD PIO, (510) 981-5780
NEW PATROLS TO WORK TELEGRAPH
Berkeley, California (Monday, April 30, 2012) - On Monday, April 30, a new patrol began on and around Telegraph Avenue in the City of Berkeley. The University of California Berkeley Police Department (UCPD) and the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) have teamed up to create new walking/bicycle patrols.
BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan said, “We have heard community concerns about ongoing problems and these teams are intended to help address those concerns.”
The partnership between the two agencies will be made up of one (1) police officer from UCPD and one (1) police officer from BPD. The officers will work together to patrol the busy Telegraph Avenue business district, People’s Park and the surrounding areas. The support of numerous stakeholders including students, businesses, neighbors and elected representatives contributed to the program.
The teams will focus on the unique issues and needs of the immediate area around Telegraph Avenue and People’s Park with the priorities of improving the quality of life, enhancing feelings of safety and reducing criminal behavior.
The teams will patrol six (6) days per week. The officers’ work hours will typically be in the afternoons and evenings with flexibility to address specific issues and focused enforcement projects as they arise.
UCPD Chief of Police Mitchell J. Celaya III says “This project will develop a closer partnership and relationship not only between the two police departments but more importantly with the businesses and residents of this vibrant and diverse community.”