Community Safety

Our district’s experience is plagued by gun violence and property crime, yet our police officers are not equipped to handle most of the urgent work that falls to them. Police officers are not social workers or mental health specialists. We need to reorient our city’s response to violence in a proactive way that centers social services and crisis response. Public safety in Berkeley must be data-driven, respectful of privacy rights, and cognizant of implicit bias.

Safety does not end with preventing crime. The staffing capacity of our Fire Department has not kept pace with the City’s population growth. Berkeley’s neighborhoods must be resilient and prepared in the face of earthquakes, floods, and wildfires.

As your District 2 City Councilmember, I will work to reimagine the role of law enforcement in the City of Berkeley and prioritize firefighter retention, training, and the maintenance of robust wildfire prevention and hazard mitigation.

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D2 Community Services Coordinators:

Brian Hartley

George Schikore

Click here to fill out the Berkeley Reimagining Community Safety Survey.

Latest Work

  • Notes from Community Safety Popup Meeting – September 4, 2021
    BPD is investigating the shooting at George Florence Park; their investigation is at initial phases, with no details to share yet. How can the community help? Provide tips to the BPD non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900 or contact Area Coordinator, Officer Brian Hartley ( or (510) 981-5774 You can register your home security camera with […]
  • Community Safety Pop Up Sept 5
    Sept 5th, 12-2pmGeorge Florence Park Join Councilmember Taplin for a community safety pop up!
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Shooting at George Florence Park
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diego Aguilar-Canabal ( (510) 981-7120 “I am deeply disturbed by reports of a shooting near George Florence Park this morning. West Berkeley has seen a terrifying uptick in gun violence over the past year. I empathize with community members who are losing patience with the violence erupting in our neighborhoods, threatening […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Passing of Pedestrian Vincent Koehler
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diego Aguilar-Canabal ( (510) 981-7120 “I’m heartbroken by the news that Vincent Kohler died this week after being struck by a drunk driver in Berkeley on August 19, as reported by Berkeleyside. Our community lost a cherished father, husband, and local business leader who would still be with us today if not for the fatal decision […]
  • 8/29 Community Safety Pop Up!
    Sunday August 29th, 12:30 -2pm at Strawberry Creek Part Join Councilmember Taplin for a Community Safety Pop Up!