Filing a Policy Complaint with the Berkeley Police Review Commission (PRC)
The Police Review Commission (PRC) is a nine-member independent body appointed by the City Council and the Mayor. One of the Commission's duties is to review Berkeley Policy Department (BPD) policies, practices, and procedures; such review can be initiated by a member of the community who alleges that a policy, practice, or procedure is insufficient or improper and should be examined by the PRC.
To file a policy complaint:
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As a complainant, you have certain responsibilities.
- You must be available for an interview with a PRC Investigator, preferably at the time you file your complaint. If the PRC Investigator is not available or your schedule does not permit, you should make an appointment for an interview when you file your complaint.
Policy Review Process
- If a majority of commissioners agree that a policy review is warranted, they may take appropriate action, including initiating an investigation or establishing a subcommittee to review the policy.
- If a subcommittee is created, it will seek BPD involvement in its review of the BPD policy, and present its conclusions and recommendations to the entire Commission.
- If the Commission endorses the subcommittee's recommendations, it will send them to the City Manager and Chief of Police, who will consider whether to adopt them.
If you have any questions about this process, please call (510) 981-4950; or, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.