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.

Click here to read about my public safety legislation.

Find your Berkeley Police Department Area Coordinator

Area Map (revised),04182019

D2 Community Services Coordinators:

Brian Hartley

George Schikore

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

Click here to send a letter to City Council to support public security cameras and automated plate readers!

Latest Work

  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Where Do We Go v. Caltrans Ruling
    September 27, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “I am disappointed by District Court Judge Edward Chen’s decision to keep people living at the Ashby Shellmound encampment. A freeway exit is not a stable, secure, or sustainable location for anyone, let alone vulnerable and marginalized individuals. The City of Berkeley, Alameda County, and our community partners at Dorothy Day House and […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Shootings in Southwest Berkeley
    September 24, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “It has been just 20 days since my last statement on a shooting in District 2. I am heartbroken by the news of two more shootings in our community last night, with one that sent a young girl to the hospital. I am relieved to hear that her injuries were not life-threatening, but […]
  • Safety Measures
    From the beginning, public safety has been a top priority. I have called this community home for thirty three years and believe that all of us and our families deserve safe streets, safe parks, and safe neighborhoods.  Over this year, I have met with neighbors throughout District 2 to hear their public safety concerns, have […]
  • 9/25 Community Safety Pop Up
    Sept 25th, 3-5pmSan Pablo Park (North side of Frances Albrier) Join Councilmember Taplin and BPD for a community safety popup!
  • 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 […]