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

D2 Community Services Coordinators:

Officer Brian Hartley
(510) 981-5774;

Officer George Schikore
(510) 981-5772;

Latest Work

  • Press Release: Taplin’s Adult Re-entry and Basic Income Pilot Proposal Passes Key Committee Vote
    November 14, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today the Berkeley City Council’s Health, Life Enrichment, Equity & Community (HLEEC) Committee unanimously passed District 2 Councilmember Terry Taplin’s proposal for the City’s newly-formed Office of Racial Equity to incorporate workforce development services for the recently incarcerated (known as “adult re-entry”) and development of a Guaranteed Basic Income […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on May 5 Reimagining Public Safety Meeting
    May 5, 2022  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Dear District 2, I was born and raised in West Berkeley, and have lived in the neighborhood currently bearing the brunt of increasing gun violence for most of my life. Berkeley is a diverse community, and while we may not always agree on particulars, we value a just society […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on May 3 Homicide
    May 4, 2022  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  I am grieving the loss of another neighbor in the district. We must never let gun violence become an acceptable, routine part of our lives–it is a terrible tragedy and we must do everything in our power to stop the bloodshed for good.  The City of Berkeley must take […]
  • Councilmember Taplin Statement on Reimagining Public Safety in Berkeley
    April 29, 2022 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Last week, the City Manager’s Office presented a Reimagining Public Safety implementation plan with budget recommendations. This plan includes reinstating most deferred positions in the Police Department, as well as strengthening funding and institutional support for a Specialized Care Unit (SCU) and other community-based service models. I will be […]
  • 3/20/22 LifeLong Medical Vaccine Pop Up at Office Hours in San Pablo Park
    LifeLong Medical Vaccine Pop Up at Office Hours in San Pablo Park Sunday March 20 12pm – 1:30pm Pfizer 5-11y.o and Pfizer 12+ Bring ID and Vaccine Card Schedule an Appointment: Registrar para clínica de vacuna: