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

Latest Work

  • Community Safety Meeting
    Thursday, May 2, 4-6pm @ Strawberry Creek Park
  • 9th Street Greenway Cleanup
    Join my office and I at our 9th Street Greenway Cleanup! Saturday, June 17 | 12 – 1 pm RSVP here Questions:
  • Public Safety Forum
    Join my office and I at our Berkeley District 2 Public Safety Forum! We will be joined by the Berkeley Police Department and its Community Services Bureau. Questions? Email Thursday, June 15, 5 – 6:30 pm Zoom Link: RSVP here
  • Memorandum: Berkeley Ceasefire Community Advisory
    April 2023 TO: Dee Williams-Ridley, City Manager <> RE: Memorandum on Berkeley Ceasefire D2 Ad Hoc Advisory Group The District 2 Council office convened a series of meetings with local stakeholders and subject matter experts to better understand the operations of violence prevention programs and the challenges local governments may face in implementation.  However, pursuant… Read more: Memorandum: Berkeley Ceasefire Community Advisory
  • CM Taplin Statement on Police Misconduct Allegations
    November 14, Councilmember Taplin Statement on Police Misconduct Allegations I am deeply disturbed and troubled by the recent surfacing of texts exhibiting anti-homeless andanti-Black racial bias distributed by an officer of the Berkeley Police Department. There can bezero tolerance for racism, bigotry, and hate anywhere in our city, let alone among the firstresponders who… Read more: CM Taplin Statement on Police Misconduct Allegations