BPD Public Information Officer (PIO)
The Public Information Officer (PIO) serves as the primary contact for BPD information and responds to inquiries made by the news media and the community regarding crimes and incidents of interest. The PIO is on call for significant events that may generate increased community or media attention.
The PIO works on a weekly basis drafting email communications for media and community distribution and more formal Community and Media Releases as well as Community Crime Alerts as needed. The PIO provides content for several local police crime blotters and briefs, responds to requests for information from the University of California, at Berkeley regarding crimes that fall within the Clery Act boundaries. This content helps create Crime Alerts for UCPD and the neighboring campus community. The PIO fields a variety of inquiries from community members, groups, authors, reporters, screenwriters and producers of television programs. The PIO completes special internal communication projects for the Chief and members of other Divisions and writes/maintains content for the BPD part of the COB website. The PIO is trained in the Public Records Act and related law.
Officer Jennifer Coats #151
Office of the Chief
Monday - Thursday
On weekends, holidays or in the event that Officer Coats #151 is not available, please contact the 24 hour BPD Non Emergency Dispatch Line at 510-981-5900 and leave a message for the on duty Watch Commander.
The Most Recent and Past Community & Media releases, view our News Room
For Additional Information Regarding the Release of Information - The California Public Records Act
A Good Resource For Media - CA. Highway Patrol Media Guide - CHP Media Guide