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Our Department  - Many members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We deliver police services to the City of Berkeley in a variety of ways. You may see a beat officer in a black and white patrol car, an officer on foot, officers riding bicycles or motorcycles throughout the city or officers speaking to community members or business owners about safety tips or crime prevention for their neighborhood or business district. Another Patrol CarYou may see a Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) towing an abandoned car or you call and talk to one of our Public Safety Dispatchers or other professional staff about an issue, request or be reporting a crime over the phone. [more...]

The Berkeley Smart Boot Program - On October 18, 2011 the City of Berkeley began “booting” vehicles that have 5 or more outstanding parking citations. This program is a substitute to a past practice of towing an eligible car and then impounding those vehicles.  Nearly seven months into the operation, the program is running quite smoothly. [more...]

Abandoned Autos - The City of Berkeley offers an Abandoned Auto Hotline which allows the community to report vehicles that they believe to be abandoned.  The number is our non-emergency dispatch line at 510-981-5900 and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The City of Berkeley prohibits the parking or storage of any type of vehicle on City right of way for more than 72 hours. [more...]

False Alarm Information - We have provided some information about burglar alarm systems and the alarm requirements within the City of Berkeley. We do recommend having a burglar alarm system, as alarms are still one of the best deterrents of burglary and can also be used to call for assistance during emergencies or medical emergencies.  Currently, the City of Berkeley does not require permits for the installation of burglar alarm systems. [more...]

Calling 9-1-1 From Your Cell Phone       - The City of Berkeley Police Department strongly recommends cell phone users to program our police dispatch number into their cell phone to speed up the emergency process and save the loss of time involved in the transferring of the call. Cell phone users in Berkeley can program (510)981-5911 (local - no toll charge) into their phones for a direct connection to the Berkeley Police Department Public Safety Communications Center.  [more...]

Earthquake Preparedness Information - The Office of Emergency Services (OES) guides City policy and implements programs focused on disaster preparedness and response, outreach and education, and regional collaboration planning. OES is working to increase the city's preparedness through community education, by providing staff support to the Disaster and Fire Safety Commission, and in coordination of the city's emergency operations planning.  The Office of Emergency Services also provides disaster service worker training for all City employees, and meets regularly with City’s designated emergency response staff to provide training and coordination.  Detailed information is avaialble on the Berkeley Fire Department website [more...]

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