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Fatal Accident Investigation Team

The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Fatal Accident Investigation Team (FAIT) was established in 1989. The need for a highly trained and specialized team was brought about by the intricacy of traffic collisions and to further understand complex causal factors. 

FAIT Team LogoThe object of the team was to provide the BPD with the tools and knowledge to investigate and analyze major injury or fatal collisions.  The goal of the team is to be able to identify the factors and causes of collisions that occur in the City of Berkeley and develop information that may lead to the prevention of further incidents.

Members of the team are police officers assigned to the Berkeley Traffic Bureau.  FAIT duties are supplementary to their duties in the Traffic Bureau.  Members can be called in at any time of the day or night for an investigation. They are trained in various levels of collision investigation including reconstruction, skid mark analysis and velocity calculations.  Members are also versed in the use of scanning equipment and computer aided diagramming software.  This equipment is used to create a factual diagram of the scene, which can later be used in the reconstruction of a collision or for use in court. 

In addition to collision investigations, FAIT members are available to respond to assist the Operations and Investigations Divisions with homicides or other major cases.  In such cases, FAIT provides their expertise for crime scene diagramming.  

Since the inception of FAIT, members have investigated 68 fatal or major injury collisions and have assisted the Operations and Investigations Division on numerous crimes scenes.  Members are committed to providing quality investigative assistance and to identifying causational factors to help prevent further incidents from occurring in the City of Berkeley.    

Detailed History of Fatal Collisions on the Roadways of the City of Berkeley 1984-2012 

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