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.

Read about my public safety legislation

Sign up for disaster preparedness training with your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Find your Berkeley Police Department Area Coordinator

D2 Community Services Bureau (CSB) Area Coordinators:

Officer George Schikore
(510) 981-5774

Officer Matt Valle
(510) 981-5772

Officer Kajahna Futch

(510) 981-5778

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