Police Department
Police Department

BPD Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to our web site. If you have a question that is not listed, please feel free to email us. 

- CONTACTING THE POLICE -

How do I report a crime? 

 1) EMERGENCY 

 2) Non-EmergencyDirector, Jail Sergeat and Manager

What will I need to tell the 911 Dispatcher?

When I call why does the dispatcher ask so many questions instead of just sending
an officer?


Why do I sometimes have to wait for an hour or more for the police to come?

How are calls prioritized at the Berkeley Police Department?

Why don't I see my beat officer on a regular basis?

Why are some beats so much larger than others?

How can residents help reduce crime in their neighborhood?

How are crimes investigated?

What happens when an investigation is completed?

Why shouldn't I call the Police when power is out? 


- BEAT OFFICER QUESTIONS - 

What are a police officer's duties?

In what kind of conditions do Berkeley Police Officers work under?

What kind of training do Berkeley Police Officers receive?

Who is my Beat Officer and how do I find him or her?

How do I commend a Berkeley Police Department employee?

How do I file a complaint against a Berkeley Police Department employee? 


-TRAFFIC QUESTIONS-

What are the driving rules when a police vehicle is approaching with lights and siren on?

Why do police vehicles block the roadway when making a car stop?                                                        

Why can't the officers move their unit when I tell them to do so?

Why can't an officer assist me while he/she is making a traffic stop?

When I am driving and come to an intersection with the signals working and there is a uniformed person in the middle of the intersection waving their arms, whom do I respond too?

How do I request traffic enforcement for a certain area?

Are police officers required to write so many traffic citations per day or do they have a quota?

I have lost my traffic citation what should I do?

Under what circumstances are vehicles towed?

How do I obtain a stored / impound vehicle release?

How do I report a traffic issue to the Police?

How do I file a collision report?

How long can I park in a metered spot when the parking meter is broken?


- NARCOTICS AND VICE QUESTIONS -

How do I report drug or prostitution activity in my neighborhood?

What should I say to the dispatcher if I think someone is selling drugs? Should I call that in if I only think someone is selling?

Will the police respond to my call if I don't leave my name and number with the dispatcher?

I have found used needles on my property. Who should I call? 


- REPORTS -

How do I obtain a letter of good standing?

How do I obtain a copy of a police report? 


- ALARM QUESTIONS -

What constitutes a false alarm?

How many false alarms do I get before I have to pay a fine?

What happens if someone fails to pay the fine for false alarms?

What can I do to reduce false alarms? 


- GENERAL QUESTIONS -

When does the Police Department do public fingerprinting?

How do I find out about employment with the Berkeley Police Department?

What are the Jail's visiting hours?

Does the Berkeley Police Department conduct public auctions? 


-CONTACTING THE POLICE- 

Q. How do I report a crime?  

1) Emergency 2) Non-Emergency


When should I call 911? What is another phone number to contact the police department?


1) If it is an emergency, call 911.
Examples of  emergencies include: robbery, mugging, burglary, in progress car break-in, automobile accident, fire, or any other dangerous or violent crime that is happening around you. 
2) If it is a non-emergency call Berkeley Police Department's dispatch at (510) 981-5900.  Examples of non-emergency calls include: Reporting a break-in that occurred several days earlier, missing animals, speeding vehicles, noise complaints, reporting vandalism where you did not see a suspect, reporting a loud party, or a theft report with no known suspect.

Top of page


Q. What will I need to tell the 911 Dispatcher?


When you call the 911 communications center, a dispatcher will ask you questions in order to ascertain the nature of the crime and the description of the persons involved. All of the questions a dispatcher asks are done to assist a responding police officer in handling the call. Some things to keep in mind when talking to dispatchers are listed below:
What is occurring?
Where is the incident occurring?
Is there a weapon involved?
How many people involved?
What is the physical description of the people involved?
Is there a car associated with the incident?
What color, make, model, or license plate number on the car?
Is there anything unique about the car (damage to one side, bumper stickers, etc.)?

Top of page

Q. When I call, why does the dispatcher ask so many questions instead of just sending an officer?


In order to determine what type of response priority (priority is explained more below) is needed, the dispatcher needs to determine who is involved, what happened, when the incident occurred, where the incident is occurring, why it is occurring, and how many people are involved in the incident so they can determine how many officers are needed to bring the incident under control. The dispatchers work as a team so while one dispatcher is gathering information from you another dispatcher could be helping out by sending officers right away.

Top of page


Q. Why do I sometimes have to wait for an hour or more for the police to come?


Depending on the type of call, it is ranked according to the seriousness of the reported incident. (see information about priority below) If the call does not require an immediate response, it waits until there is an officer available to respond. Thus, a report only status will take longer than an emergency call needing an officer now.

Top of page

Q. How are calls prioritized at Berkeley Police Department?

Depending on the type of call, it is ranked according to the seriousness of the reported incident. (see information about priority below) If the call does not require an immediate response, it waits until there is an officer available to respond. Thus, a report only status will take longer than an emergency call needing an officer now.


All calls for service are given a predetermined priority code based on the activity that is being reported.
· Priority 1:  Calls dispatched immediately. These calls include situations involving threat to life, crime of violence, in progress felonies, missing juveniles (under 12 years old), and accidents with injuries.
· Priority 2:  These calls should be dispatched within 20 minutes. They include situations involving business or residential alarms, calls with a threat of violence, and suspicious circumstances (involving suspicious vehicles, or suspicious persons).
· Priority 3:  These calls should be dispatched within 60 minutes. These are calls in which a significant amount of time has passed since the crime occurred. These include crimes such as burglary, thefts, vandalism, with the responsible parties gone.
· Priority 4 and 5:  These calls include parking matters and abandoned automobiles.

Top of page

Q. Why don't I see my beat officer on a regular basis?

All calls for service are given a predetermined priority code based on the activity that is being reported.:  Calls dispatched immediately. These calls include situations involving threat to life, crime of violence, in progress felonies, missing juveniles (under 12 years old), and accidents with injuries.:  These calls should be dispatched within 20 minutes. They include situations involving business or residential alarms, calls with a threat of violence, and suspicious circumstances (involving suspicious vehicles, or suspicious persons).:  These calls should be dispatched within 60 minutes. These are calls in which a significant amount of time has passed since the crime occurred. These include crimes such as burglary, thefts, vandalism, with the responsible parties gone.:  These calls include parking matters and abandoned automobiles.


The beats here in Berkeley are relatively large areas. Officers are required to patrol these areas over a 10-hour shift. During this time, officers must also respond to calls for service on their beat. After responding to a call, officers must frequently write a report which can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an entire shift. When the Beat Officer has free time, they conduct regular patrols of their beats.


If the Beat Officer is writing a lengthy report, officers from neighboring beats will handle calls for service. To see which officers work in your neighborhood, visit our current beat officer page. To see which beat is associated with your address, take a look at the beat map. 

Top of page

Q. Why are some beats so much larger than others?


The beat configurations were based on a comprehensive study conducted by the Police Department.   Beats were divided into areas that had a comparable number of calls for police service.  To see which beat is associated with your address, take a look at the beat map. 

Top of page

Q. How can residents help reduce crime in their neighborhood?


Residents can be helpful by being the eyes and ears of their neighborhood. If you see something that appears suspicious, it probably is. Call the police and provide a good description of the problem and the people involved. Additionally, the Berkeley Police Department is a strong supporter of the Neighborhood Watch Program. This Program allows communities to build ties amongst neighbors and the Police Department.  The Program also promotes proven crime prevention strategies. To learn more about Neighborhood Watch from it's members, please visit the Berkeley Safe Neighborhoods Committee Web site.  If you are interested in joining a Neighborhood Watch Program, please contact our Community Services Bureau at (510) 981-5808.

Top of page

Q. How are crimes investigated?


When a crime is reported, the Beat Officer responds to the scene. Once the scene is safe, the officer will initiate an investigation. Depending on the circumstances, the officer may conduct interviews, survey the crime scene, and locate relevant evidence. After the preliminary investigation is completed, any follow-up that is needed is handled by detectives.

Top of page

Q. What happens when an investigation is completed?


In criminal cases, an investigation is completed when a suspect has been identified and arrested. At this stage, the case is forwarded to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office  for prosecution.

Top of page

Q. Why shouldn't I call the Police when power is out?


PG&E service is out - don't call the Police Dept as we have no information and no control on when it will be put back into service. Call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000

Top of page

-BEAT OFFICER QUESTIONS- 

Q. What are a Police Officer's duties?


Berkeley Police Officers perform general law enforcement duties in the City of Berkeley. Officers have the authority to enforce laws throughout the State of California.  They patrol an assigned area in vehicles, on bicycles, or on foot. Officers frequently intervene in situations involving crimes in progress, initiate their own investigations, apprehend suspects, investigate traffic collisions, respond to calls involving emotionally disturbed persons, interact with the public, and attend Neighborhood Watch Meetings. 

Top of page

Q. In what kind of conditions do Berkeley Police Officers work under?


Police Officers spend much of their time working outdoors, walking and/or standing in an assigned area for longs periods of time. They must also be able to drive or sit in a patrol car during their shift while remaining alert. Officers are called upon to run after suspects and, in the process, may be required to scale fences, climb stairs, or circumvent other obstacles. Officers may be called upon to carry an injured adult, restrain suspects when necessary, and be able to subdue a suspect who is resisting arrest. Officers must be able to do all of these activities while wearing heavy equipment and a bulletproof vest.

Top of page

Q. What kind of training do Berkeley Police Officers Receive?


Berkeley Police Officers attend a State certified police academy that lasts approximately 6 months.  After the academy has been completed,  new officers participate in our Field Training Program which lasts approximately 4 months.   Officers continuously receive updated training throughout their careers here in Berkeley . 

Top of page

Q. Who is my Beat Officer and how do I find him or her?

Berkeley Police Officers attend a State certified police academy that lasts approximately 6 months.  After the academy has been completed,  new officers participate in our Field Training Program which lasts approximately 4 months.   Officers continuously receive updated training throughout their careers here in Berkeley . 


Each beat has different officers that work there depending on the time of day and day of the week. To find your beat officer see our  current beat officer assignment list. To see which beat is associated with your address, take a look at the beat map.

Top of page

Q. How do I commend a Berkeley Police Department employee?


If you would like to commend a Berkeley Police Department employee you can write an email using the
comment form. Simply check off the "Praise" box on the form and describe the event.  This letter will be forwarded to the employee and his or her supervisors.

You may also mail a commendation to the following address:
Chief of Police
Berkeley Police Department
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Top of page

Q. How do I file a complaint against a Berkeley Police Department Employee?


If you would like to complain about an employee, you may file a  personnel complaint.  This is any charge against an employee of the Police Department that is made to protest an action taken or omitted by the employee. If you would like to make a complaint between 8AM and 5PM, you may call Internal Affairs Bureau at (510) 981-5706. At all other times commanding or supervisory officers at the Public Safety Building can take complaints. If you desire to do this, call (510) 981-5900 and state, "I want to make a complaint against an employee of the Police Department." The call will then be transferred to the appropriate person to take the complaint.


When you speak to a member of the Internal Affairs Bureau, they will explain the complaint process and provide you with options on how to proceed. The Chief of Police makes the final decision as to the disposition of the complaint and will inform the complainant of his findings. You may also file a complaint with the Police Review Commission by calling them at  (510) 981-4950

Top of page

-TRAFFIC QUESTIONS- 

Q. What are the driving rules when a police vehicle is approaching with lights and siren on?


Under California Vehicle Code section 21806, any vehicle, other than the emergency vehicle, must pull over to the right hand edge of the curb, clear any intersection they may be in, and come to a stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. Any vehicle making a turn must also do the same, when safe to do so, to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. Any pedestrian must proceed to the nearest curb and stay there until the emergency vehicle has passed.

Top of page

Q. Why do police vehicles block the roadway when making a car stop?  

Under California Vehicle Code section 21806, any vehicle, other than the emergency vehicle, must pull over to the right hand edge of the curb, clear any intersection they may be in, and come to a stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. Any vehicle making a turn must also do the same, when safe to do so, to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. Any pedestrian must proceed to the nearest curb and stay there until the emergency vehicle has passed.

Police officers will create a safe zone to make their approach on foot by angling their police unit slightly into traffic. Until they are done with their traffic stop, their police unit is left in place.

Why can't the officers move their unit when I tell them to do so?  

Officers, depending on the type of traffic stop, and if it is safe to do so, may move their unit upon a request by a citizen. However, if the traffic stop is not safe, then any citizen making a request will have to wait unit the traffic stop is completed.

Top of page

Q. Why can't an Officer assist me while he/she is making a traffic stop?


Because of the nature of traffic stops and their inherent danger, the officer has to focus only on the vehicle/occupants. The officer's full attention has to be with the occupants of the vehicle and only after the stop is completed can the officer divert his/her attention.

Top of page

Q. When I am driving and come to an intersection with the signals working and there is a uniformed person in the middle of the intersection waving their arms, whom do I respond too?

Because of the nature of traffic stops and their inherent danger, the officer has to focus only on the vehicle/occupants. The officer's full attention has to be with the occupants of the vehicle and only after the stop is completed can the officer divert his/her attention.


The driver of any vehicle should respond to the uniformed person who is waving their arms. There may be some physical damage to the roadway, there may be equipment that is blocking the right of way, there could be overhead wires down in the roadway, measurements are being taken to document a collision, or emergency equipment is responding to the scene, or any other good example, and the uniformed person waving their arms is trying to get your attention.

Top of page

Q. Are police officers required to write so many traffic citations per day or do they have a quota?

The driver of any vehicle should respond to the uniformed person who is waving their arms. There may be some physical damage to the roadway, there may be equipment that is blocking the right of way, there could be overhead wires down in the roadway, measurements are being taken to document a collision, or emergency equipment is responding to the scene, or any other good example, and the uniformed person waving their arms is trying to get your attention.


Quotas are prohibited by law, officers issue citations based a number of factors, including; current road conditions, traffic complaints, collision history, location (School Zone, Downtown area, etc.), speed surveys, and traffic volumes.

Top of page

Q. How do I request traffic enforcement for a certain area?


Please contact an officer in the Traffic Bureau by calling (510) 981-5980.

Top of page

Q. I have lost my traffic citation what should I do?

Please contact an officer in the Traffic Bureau by calling (510) 981-5980.


If you have lost your traffic citation, contact the Traffic Court at (510) 268-7673. It may take several weeks before the courts have processed the paperwork and have your ticket on file.

Top of page

Q. Under what circumstances are vehicles towed?


There are many reasons that vehicles are towed. The most common reasons vehicles are towed are:
· Driver is unlicensed or license is suspended.
· The vehicle is not registered or the registration is expired.
· The vehicle has more than 5 outstanding parking tickets where payment is delinquent.
· Certain Vehicle Code violations (blocking roadway etc.).
When a vehicle is towed, the owner must take care of the reason it was towed before they can recover their car. This means any outstanding citations or delinquent registration fees  must be paid before the car can be released. Depending on the violation, this may require the owner to go to the DMV, or local Police Department. If your car has been towed, the Police Department can direct you to the correct tow company so that you can begin the process of recovering your car. Any person who has had their car towed is entitled to a tow hearing. If you need to schedule a tow hearing, please call the Traffic Bureau at (510) 981-5980. We are unable to schedule tow hearings on the same day the vehicle was towed.

Top of page

Q. How do I obtain a stored / impounded vehicle release?


If your vehicle was towed by the Berkeley Police Department for any of the below listed offenses, you will need a Vehicle Release before the towing company will return your car. Releases may be obtained at the Public Safety Building located at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  If your vehicle was impounded/stored by the Berkeley Police Department, for the following violations, you are required to pay a release fee of $75 to the City of Berkeley, plus any towing and storage charges:

Failure to pay parking citations - 22651(i) VC*
Expired registration - 22651(o) VC
Unlicensed driver - 22651(p) or 14602.7 VC*
Abandoned or parked over 72 hours 22651(k) VC
Unlicensed/Uninsured Taxi Cab (53675.61 GC/6325NS)
*If your vehicle was impounded for excessive unpaid parking citations (22651(i) VC), you will also need a release from the City of Berkeley Parking Citation Payment Center.
*If your vehicle was impounded pursuant to 14602.7 VC (Drivers License Suspended), the vehicle will not be released until completion of a Tow Hearing. Call the Berkeley Police Traffic Bureau at (510) 981-5980 for scheduling.
If your vehicle was stored by the Berkeley Police Department for the following violations, you are NOT REQUIRED to pay a release fee, but may be liable for towing and storage charges:
Recovered Stolen Vehicle
Driver Arrested* 22651(h) VC
No Evidence of Registration 22651(j) VC
Illegally Parked Vehicle 22651(r) VC
*Other offenses, not involving drivers license - 22651(h) VC.
In most cases, you will be required to furnish evidence of current registration and a valid drivers license to obtain a Police Release. If you have questions concerning towed vehicles, vehicle releases, or the reason your vehicle was towed, please call:
Berkeley Police Customer Service Counter (Business Hours) (510) 981-5750
Berkeley Police Jail (After business hours, weekends and holidays) (510) 981-5766.

*Fees and policies are subject to change without notice*

Top of page

Q. How do I report a Traffic issue to the Police?

If your vehicle was towed by the Berkeley Police Department for any of the below listed offenses, you will need a Vehicle Release before the towing company will return your car. Releases may be obtained at the Public Safety Building located at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  If your vehicle was impounded/stored by the Berkeley Police Department, for the following violations, you are required to pay a release fee of $75 to the City of Berkeley, plus any towing and storage charges:Failure to pay parking citations - 22651(i) VC*Expired registration - 22651(o) VCUnlicensed driver - 22651(p) or 14602.7 VC*Abandoned or parked over 72 hours 22651(k) VCUnlicensed/Uninsured Taxi Cab (53675.61 GC/6325NS)*If your vehicle was impounded for excessive unpaid parking citations (22651(i) VC), you will also need a release from the City of Berkeley Parking Citation Payment Center.*If your vehicle was impounded pursuant to 14602.7 VC (Drivers License Suspended), the vehicle will not be released until completion of a Tow Hearing. Call the Berkeley Police Traffic Bureau at (510) 981-5980 for scheduling.If your vehicle was stored by the Berkeley Police Department for the following violations, you are NOT REQUIRED to pay a release fee, but may be liable for towing and storage charges:Recovered Stolen VehicleDriver Arrested* 22651(h) VCNo Evidence of Registration 22651(j) VCIllegally Parked Vehicle 22651(r) VC*Other offenses, not involving drivers license - 22651(h) VC.In most cases, you will be required to furnish evidence of current registration and a valid drivers license to obtain a Police Release. If you have questions concerning towed vehicles, vehicle releases, or the reason your vehicle was towed, please call:Berkeley Police Customer Service Counter (Business Hours) (510) 981-5750Berkeley Police Jail (After business hours, weekends and holidays) (510) 981-5766.*Fees and policies are subject to change without notice*


If there is an emergency, you should call 911. If it is not an emergency, but is an issue that needs to be addressed quickly, call Berkeley Police Department's non-emergency number at (510) 981-5900.  If it is something that does not require immediate attention, please fill out the Traffic Enforcement Form.  

Top of page

Q. How do I file a collision report?


If you are involved in an injury collision or one where a  vehicle poses an immediate traffic hazard, you should call 911 immediately.
If you are involved in a non-injury collision that has significant property damage, you may call Berkeley Police Department Dispatch at (510) 981-5900 and report the accident. A formal police report is not necessary in cases of accidents that do not involve injury and have little property damage. In these cases, the  involved parties must exchange insurance and identifying information and should then contact their insurance companies.

Top of page

Q. How long can I park in a metered spot when the parking meter is broken?


Berkeley Municipal Code Section 14.52.130 states, " Where parking meters are installed in the City, if the parking meter is inoperable for any reason, the time limits posted on the parking meter shall be enforced during the hours of operation of parking meters."

Top of page

Q. What is the Berkeley's Red Light Camera Enforcement Program?


The City of Berkeley is instituting a red light camera program that is being managed by the Office of Transportation. For comprehensive information about this program please visit the  Berkeley Office of Transportation.

Top of page

-NARCOTICS AND VICE QUESTIONS- 

Q. How do I report drug or prostitution activity in my neighborhood?


If you see drug activity, you may call Berkeley Police Department's Secret Witness Program at "THE COPS" 843-2677. You can remain anonymous. COPS calls are considered priority calls. Police try to respond to these calls within 5-minutes.
You can also call Berkeley Police Department's non-emergency number at 981-5900 or for cases that require a more in depth investigation, you may call Berkeley's Special Enforcement Unit directly at (510) 981-5818.

Top of page

Q. What should I say to the dispatcher if I think someone is selling drugs? Should I call that in if I only think someone is selling?


You should call the police under these circumstances. You can indicate that you see some suspicious behaviors that might be related to possible drug dealing. Then tell the dispatcher what you see. They will know what questions to ask in order to get the information they need.

Top of page

Q. Will the police respond to my call if I don't leave my name and number with the dispatcher?


It is always better to leave a name and number, but it is not required. The reason it is preferable to leave this information is that officers may need to contact the caller to get additional information. All calls are treated the same whether or not the caller identifies themselves.

Top of page

Q. I have found used needles on my property. Who should I call?


The City of Berkeley has its own Office of Health and Human Services.  Please follow the link to their website to find out about the services they provide to the community.  They can also be reached by telephone at (510) 981-5300.

Top of page

-REPORTS-

Q. How do I obtain a letter of good standing?


Letters of good standing are often required for travel visas and changes in citizenship.  You can come to the Front Counter of the Police Station at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 8a.m. and 5p.m. and request a letter of good standing.
You may also send a letter that includes your complete name, date of birth, drivers' license number (if you have one), your passport number, and the address you lived at in the City of Berkeley. You must also include in this request a very clear copy of your identification. We must be able to clearly see the photo and read the information on your identification. Failure to provide us with a clear copy of your identification will delay the processing of your request, and your request may  be returned to you, requesting clear copies of your identification. You must include a $10.00 check made payable to the City of Berkeley - Police Department. Also, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your Good Conduct Letter.  Mail your request and documents to:

              Berkeley Police Department
              2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
              Berkeley, CA  94704

Top of page

Q. How do I obtain a copy of a police report?

Letters of good standing are often required for travel visas and changes in citizenship.  You can come to the Front Counter of the Police Station at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 8a.m. and 5p.m. and request a letter of good standing.You may also send a letter that includes your complete name, date of birth, drivers' license number (if you have one), your passport number, and the address you lived at in the City of Berkeley. You must also include in this request a very clear copy of your identification. We must be able to clearly see the photo and read the information on your identification. Failure to provide us with a clear copy of your identification will delay the processing of your request, and your request may  be returned to you, requesting clear copies of your identification. You must include a $10.00 check made payable to the City of Berkeley - Police Department. Also, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your Good Conduct Letter.  Mail your request and documents to:              Berkeley Police Department              2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way              Berkeley, CA  94704


Police Reports are available for a fee at the Berkeley Police Department or by U.S. Mail. Fees are based on the number of pages of the Police Report, except auto collision  reports, which are $10.  Collision  reports are only available to the parties involved in the collision or their designated representatives. Authorized representatives must have written authorization to obtain a copy of the report. Written report requests should include the date/time of the incident, report number, and location of the incident. For more information, visit the Records Detail to obtain the information necessary to obtain records or mail your requests to:

           Berkeley Police Department
           Attn: Records Detail
           2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
           Berkeley, CA  94704

Top of page

-ALARMS- 

Q. What constitutes a false alarm?


A false alarm is defined as the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the owner or lessee of the alarm system or his/her employees or agents. This does not include alarms caused by earthquake, windstorm, or other violent conditions.

Top of page

Q. How many false alarms do I get before I have to pay a fine?


There is no charge for the first false alarm. Below is a table for the current fee schedule. 
Fees are subject to change, whereupon a notice will be sent out.

False alarms within a 90 day period:
1 alarm No Charge
2 alarms $75
3 alarms $100
4 alarms $125
Any subsequent alarms will be fined at $125 each.

Top of page

Q. What happens if someone fails to pay the fine for false alarms?


If payment for a false alarm is not received within 30-days of the invoice date, the address will be placed on a No Response List until payment is made. If an alarm event occurs at the address on the No Response List, police will not respond.

Top of page

Q. What can I do to reduce false alarms?


1. Purchase a quality alarm system that has been installed by professionals working for a  licensed alarm  company.
2. Provide proper training to all employees so that they are familiar with how the system works.
3. Have your alarm system tested on a regular basis.

Top of page

-GENERAL QUESTIONS- 

Q. When does the Police Department do Public Fingerprinting?


The City of Berkeley Police Department only does Live scan Fingerprinting (no ink printing) processing for the following purposes:

1. Prospective employees of Berkeley Unified School District  (BUSD)
2. City of Berkeley Employees
3. Business owners in the City of Berkeley i.e. taxi cab drivers

All fingerprinting is done at the Berkeley Police Department for a fee of $20.  There may be additional fees depending on the purpose of the fingerprinting.  We ask that upon scheduling your appointment you specify the employer who is requesting the process.  

All persons who wish to be fingerprinted should call the City Jail at 510-981-5766 and schedule an appointment. All  appointments are made for the following days and times: Mon - Fri - 9:00 AM, 9:15 PM, and 9:30 AM only.  Payment is to be made in cash. 

All fingerprint applicants must have photo identification and the live scan application.  WE DO NOT FINGERPRINT FOR IMMIGRATION PURPOSES. We are not certified to provide fingerprinting services to persons applying for US Citizenship. 

Top of page

Q. How do I find out about employment with the Berkeley Police Department?


The first step in the application process is to fill out an interest card and application with the City of Berkeley Human Resources Office.  More information about this process can be found on our employment page.  The application process for a police officer involves a written test, a physical agility test, an oral board interview, a background investigation, and a physical and psychological examination.  

Top of page

Q. What are the Jail's visiting hours?


Visiting is allowed between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, or between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. during a person's second calendar weekday in custody. Visitors must be 18-years or older and have a valid identification.  More information can be found at the Berkeley Jail Page.

Top of page

Q. Does the Berkeley Police Department conduct public auctions?


The Berkeley Police Department no longer conducts public auctions.  We now contract our auctions out through First Capital Auction.  Please contact them at (707) 552-0739 for auction information.

Top of page

Home Page
Home | Web Policy | Text-Only Site Map | Contact Us
Police Department, 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: police@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-5900
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903
###