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After the passage of Senate Bill 978 (2018), the law requires that law enforcement agencies make their current standards, policies, practices, and education & training materials available on the Internet for public viewing.  Note: the policies and training materials listed below do not include information that is not otherwise available through the California Public Records Act.

*BPD Training

*BPD Policy 

 

BPD Training

Before starting their career as a Police Officer for the City of Berkeley, our officers must attend a Basic Training Academy that has been approved by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).  Although an officer may attend any POST approved Basic Training Academy before joining the Berkeley Police Department, the Berkeley Police Department sends many of its recruits to the below Basic Training Academies:

After graduating from the academy, our officers participate in a field training program that lasts 18 or more weeks—where they must demonstrate to Field Training Officer (FTO) who supervises them in the field that they have the ability to safely provide public safety service to our community.

Once an officer has completed their field training program, their training will continue through quarterly, annual or biennial Department trainings.  In addition to this, officers may attend advanced training courses to provide specialized training for unique assignments.  Below is a list of some recent Department trainings:

*Blood Bourne Pathogens/Communicable Diseases

*First Aid and CPR/AED Skills (part 1)

*First Aid and CPR/AED Skills (part 2)

*First Aid and CPR/AED Skills (part 3)

*First Aid and CPR/AED Skills (part 4)

*First Aid and CPR/AED Skills (part 5)

*First Aid and CPR/AED Skills (part 6)

*First Aid and CPR/AED Skills (part 7)

*Hazardous Materials Awareness

*Principled Policing

*Tactical De-escalation

 

BPD Policy

The Department is currently in the process of transitioning from our existing sets of General Orders and Police Regulations to policies in the Lexipol policy format and online system.  The below list of policies will begin with our existing set of General Orders—followed by Lexipol policies as they are enacted.

General Orders and Police Regulations

POLICE REGULATIONS

SECTION 

TITLE 

 

Chapter 1

AUTHORIZATION AND DEFINITIONS

 

Chapter 2

PERSONAL CONDUCT AND DUTY REQUIREMENTS

 

Chapter 3

UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS

 

Chapter 4

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE RANKS AND DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION

 

 

 

 

GENERAL ORDERS 

A-17

MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR POLICE CUSTODY CASES

 

A-32

LOST AND FOUND ANIMAL REPORTS

 

A-51

ARRESTS ON TRAFFIC WARRANTS OR TRAFFIC OFFENSES

 

A-54

ARREST OF FUGITIVES FROM OTHER STATES

 

B-01

BAIL

 

C-07

INTERNET REPORTS

 

C-16

REPORTS INVOLVING POSSIBLE CITY LIABILITY

 

C-50

CITIZEN REPORT FORM

 

C-51

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

 

C-66

CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM

 

D-06

DUTY COMMAND OFFICER

 

D-17

PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS

 

D-18

PROCEDURES GOVERNING THE PURCHASE OF MATERIALS, SUPPLIES AND SERVICES

 

D-19

ADMINISTRATIVE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING PROCEDURE

 

E-03

INJURY TO PERSONS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY FROM VEHICLE OPERATION BY AN EMPLOYEE OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

E-07

REIMBURSEMENT FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT FURNISHED BY EMPLOYEES

 

E-09

EMERGENCY MESSAGES AND NOTIFICATIONS

 

E-10

NOTIFICATION OF CATASTROPHIC EVENTS IN THE LIVES OF EMPLOYEES

 

E-13

EARLY WARNING SYSTEM

 

E-14

HIGH-VISIBILITY SAFETY APPAREL

 

F-02

Firearms, Ammunition and Non-Lethal Weapons

 

G-02

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

 

H-03

FIREARMS RANGE REGULATIONS

 

H-05

BLOOD TEST PROCEDURES FOR DEFENDANTS AND ARRESTEES IN HEALTH RISK SITUATIONS

 

I-02

GOOD CONDUCT LETTERS

 

I-03

FINGERPRINTING AND PHOTOGRAPHING OF PERSONS ARRESTED

 

I-04

LATENT FINGERPRINT EXAMINATIONS AND INVESTIGATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

 

I-05

FINGERPRINTING - APPLICANTS, CIVILIAN AND NON-CRIMINAL

 

I-15

INTOXICATED PERSONS - CUSTODIAL AND NON-CRIMINAL PROCEDURES

 

I-16

MENTALLY DISORDERED PERSONS

 

I-18

INTERVIEWS AND INTERROGATIONS

 

M-01

MISSING PERSON REPORTS

 

M-02

MUTUAL AID AND AGREEMENTS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

 

N-17    

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTING AND RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER 

 

O-04

REPORTING OFFENSES AND LOST AND FOUND PROPERTY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

P-12

POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS AND FATAL OR SERIOUS INJURY INCIDENTS

 

P-17

ABSENCE REPORT

 

P-22

CHANGE OF ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND NAME

 

P-23

POLICY, PROCEDURAL AND INFORMATIONAL DOCUMENTS

 

P-26

PERSONNEL COMPLAINT PROCEDURE AND DISPOSITION AND THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS BUREAU

 

P-28

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL REPORTS

 

P-29

PUBLIC/MEDIA RELATIONS

 

P-46

EXTRADITION OF PRISONERS

 

P-47

PROCEDURES FOR THE SAFE CARRIAGE OF WEAPONS AND THE TRANSPORTATION OF PRISONERS ON COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT

 

P-64 

COMPUTERS AND DIGITAL EVIDENCE

 

P-65 

PROCEDURES FOR CARE AND HANDLING OF PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE

 

P-67

BICYCLES - STOLEN, LOST OR FOUND

 

R-02

ACCESS TO PATIENT RECORDS OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM

 

R-04

RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF DELEGATED AUTHORITY

 

R-23

RELEASE OF POLICE REPORTS AND INFORMATION

 

R-23A

GUIDELINES FOR RELEASE OF REPORTS AND INFORMATION THEREIN

 

R-24

REPORTS - RECEIVING AND THE RECORDING THEREOF

 

R-26

VACANT (VACATION) HOUSE/BUSINESS REPORTS

 

R-30

SEALING OF RECORDS - MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION

 

R-32

DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS OF ARREST AND CONVICTIONS AS REQUIRED UNDER 11361.5 H&S

 

R-35

GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING/INVESTIGATING FREEWAY/HIGHWAY VIOLENCE INCIDENTS

 

S-03

SURVEILLANCE

 

S-05

SICK LEAVE AND ATTENDANCE MONITORING

 

S-06

SEARCH WARRANTS

 

S-08

SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT OPERATING FUNDS

 

T-01

TELECOMMUNICATION CENTER

 

T-03

TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

T-08

TRAFFIC ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES

 

U-1

USE OF FORCE TRAINING REVIEW BOARD

 

U-03

UNITY OF COMMAND

 

V-03

CAR RENTAL - OUT OF TOWN

 

V-04

POLICE FLEET VEHICLE OPERATION

 

V-06

VEHICLE PURSUIT POLICY

 

W-04

WARRANTS

 

X-01

CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE/BARRICADED SUBJECT HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION TEAM OPERATIONS

 

ALPR #001-2016

AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READER (ALPR)

 

 

 

 

 

Lexipol Policies (In-Progress)    

 

 

Chief's Preface

 

 

Law Enforcement Code of Ethics

 

 

Mission - Vision - Values

 

I.    

Law Enforcement Role and Authority    

 

100

Law Enforcement Authority

 

101

Chief Executive Officer

 

102

Oath of Office

 

103

Policy Manual

 

II.    

Organization and Administration    

 

203

Training Policy

 

204

Electronic Communications

 

205

Administrative Communications

 

206

Retiree Concealed Firearms

 

207

License to Carry a Firearm

 

208

Departmental Forms

 

 III.    

General Operations   

 

300

Use of Force

 

302

Handcuffing and Restraints 

 

303

Control Devices and Techniques

 

308

Canines

 

309

Officer Response to Calls

 

310

Domestic Violence

 

311

Search and Seizure

 

312

Temporary Custody of Juveniles  

 

313

Senior and Disability Victimization

 

314

Discriminatory Harassment

 

315

Child Abuse

 

316

Missing Persons

 

317

Public Alerts

 

318

Victim and Witness Assistance

 

319

Hate Crimes

 

321

Standards of Conduct

 

322

Information Technology Use

 

325

Subpoena and Court Appearances

 

326

Reserve Officers

 

328

Registered Offender Information

 

329

Major Incident Notification

 

330

Death Investigation

 

331

Identity Theft

 

332

Communications with Persons with Disabilities

 

333

Private Persons Arrests

 

334

Anti-Reproductive Rights Crimes Reporting

 

335

Limited English Proficiency Services

 

336

Mandatory Employer Notification

 

337

Biological Samples

 

338

Chaplaincy Program

 

339

Community Relations

 

340

Child and Dependent Adult Safety

 

341

Volunteer Program

 

342

Service Animals

 

343

Gun Violence Restraining Orders

 

344

Off-Duty Law Enforcement Action

 

345

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation

 

346

Honor Guard

 

347

Firearms Training Unit

 

348

Youth Services Detail

 

349

Tactical Rifle Operator Program

 

350

Public Appearances

 

IV.    

Patrol Operations   

 

400

Patrol Function

 

401

Fair and Impartial Policing

 

402

Briefing Training

 

403

Crime and Disaster Scene Integrity

 

405

Ride Along Policy

 

406

Hazardous Material Response

 

408

Response to Bomb Calls

 

411

Cite and Release Policy

 

412

Foreign Diplomatic and Consular Representatives

 

413

Rapid Response and Deployment

 

414

Use of Narcan (Naloxone)

 

415

Immigration Law

 

416

Emergency Utility Services

 

417

Aircraft Accidents

 

418

Obtaining Air Support

 

419

Field Training Officer Program

 

420

Foot Pursuit

 

423

Watch Commanders

 

424

Mobile Data Terminal Use

 

425

Body Worn Cameras 

 

426

Public Recording of Law Enforcement Activity

 

428

First Amendment Assemblies

 

429

Intelligence Procedures for First Amendment Activities

 

430

Civil Disputes

 

431

Medical Aid and Response

 

433

Situational Awareness Group

 

434

Animal Control

 

V.    

Traffic Operations     

 

501

Motor Vehicle Collision Investigations

 

502

Vehicle Towing and Release

 

503

Vehicle Impound Hearings

 

504

Impaired Driving

 

505

Traffic Citations

 

506

Disabled Vehicles

 

507

72-Hour Parking Violations

 

508

Adult Crossing Guard

 

VI.    

Investigative Operations   

 

600

Investigation and Prosecution

 

602

Asset Forfeiture

 

603

Informants

 

604

Eyewitness Identification

 

605

Brady Material Disclosure

 

606

Warrant Service

 

607

Operations planning and deconfliction

 

608

Detective Bureau

 

609

Stolen vehicle investigations

 

610

Conduct of Licensed Alcohol Establishments

 

VII.     

Equipment    

 

700

Department owned and personal property

 

701

Personal communication devices

 

702

Vehicle Maintenance

 

703

Vehicle Use

 

704

Cash Handling, Security and Management

 

705

Personal Protective Equipment

 

706

Emergency Response Vehicle

 

707

Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD) 

 

VIII.     

Support Services    

 

800

Crime Analysis

 

802

Property and Evidence

 

805

Protected Information

 

808

Computer Voice Stress Examinations

 

809

Emergency Burial Permits

 

IX.     

Custody   

 

900

Temporary Custody of Adults

 

901

Custodial Searches

 

902

Prison Rape Elimination

 

903

Detainee Transportation

 

X.    

Personnel   

 

1000

Recruitment and Selection

 

1002

Special, Temporary Duty or Specialized Duty Assignments 

 

1004

Anti-Retaliation

 

1005

Reporting of Employee Convictions

 

1009

Smoking and Tobacco Use

 

1011

Seat Belts

 

1012

Body Armor

 

1013

Personnel Records

 

1014

Commendations

 

1015

Fitness for Duty

 

1016

Meal Periods and Breaks

 

1017

Lactation Break Policy

 

1018

Payroll Record Procedures

 

1019

Overtime Compensation Requests

 

1020

Outside Employment

 

1022

Personal Appearance Standards

 

1023

Uniform Regulations

 

1024

Police Aide Program

 

1025

Nepotism and Conflicting Relationships

 

1026

Department Badges

 

1027

Temporary Modified Duty Assignments

 

1028

Conference, Meeting and Training Attendance

 

1029

Employee Speech Expression and Social Networking

 

1030

The Safety Committee

 

1031

Line of Duty Deaths

 

1032

The Critical Incident Stress Management and Peer Support Program

 

1033

Employee Absences

 

1034

Complaint Review Board

 

1035

Traffic Collision Review Board

 

XI.  

Special Orders  

 

1100

Special Order 2018-0001

 

1101

Special Order 2020-0001

 

1102

Special Order 2020-0002

 

1103

Special Order 2020-0003

 

1104

Special Order 2020-0004

 

1105

Special Order 2020-0005

 

1106

Special Order 2020-0006

 

1107

Special Order 2020-0007

 

1109

Special Order 2021-0001

 

1110

Special Order 2021-0002

 

XII. 

Training and Information 

 

1200

Social Host Ordinance

 

1201

Taxicab Enforcement

 

1202

Second Response

 

1203

Smoking Ordinance

 

XIII. 

Surveillance Technology 

 

1300

Surveillance Use Policy-Body Worn Cameras

 

1301

Surveillance Use Policy-GPS Tracking Devices

 

XIV. 

Manuals and Reference 

 

1401

2019 Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Plan 

 

1402

Reference Links

 

XV. 

Legislative Updates  

 

1500

2019 Legislative Update

 

1501

2020 Legislative Update

 

1502

2021 Legislative Update

 

Departmental Manuals

Parking Enforcement Operations Manual

 

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