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Reimagining Public Safety Task Force 

Reimagining Public Safety Overview:

On July 14, 2020, the City Council made a historic commitment to reimagine the City’s approach to public safety with the passage of an omnibus package of referrals, resolutions and directions that includes the following: 
  1. Having the City’s elected Auditor perform an analysis of City’s emergency 9-1-1 calls-for-service and responses, as well as analysis of the Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) budget.

  2. Create plans and protocols for calls for service to be routed and assigned to alternative preferred responding entities and consider placing dispatch in the Fire Department or elsewhere outside the Police Department.

  3. Analyze and develop a pilot program to re-assign non-criminal police service calls to a Specialized Care Unit. This Specialized Care Unit (SCU) consisting of trained crisis-response field workers who would respond to calls that the Public Safety Communications Center operator evaluated as non-criminal and that posed no imminent threat to the safety of community members and/or Police Department or Fire Department personnel.

  4. Evaluate initiatives and reforms that reduce the footprint of the Berkeley Police Department and limit the Police Department’s scope of work primarily to violent and criminal matters. This work should include an evaluation of programs and services currently provided by the Police Department that could be better served by trained non-sworn city staff or community partners.

  5. Aspire to reduce the Police Department’s budget by 50% to generate resources to fund the following priorities:

      • Youth programs;
      • Violence prevention and restorative justice programs;
      • Domestic violence prevention; 
      • Housing and homeless services;
      • Food Security;
      • Public health and Mental Health services including a specialized care unit;
      • Healthcare;
      • New city jobs;
      • Expanded partnerships with community organizations, and
      • Establishing a new Department of Transportation to administer parking regulations and traffic laws.
  6. Engaging a qualified firm(s) or individual(s) to lead a robust, inclusive, and transparent community engagement process with the goal of achieving a new and transformative model of positive, equitable and community-centered safety for Berkeley.

  7. Pursue the creation of a Berkeley Department of Transportation to ensure a racial justice lens in traffic enforcement and the development of transportation policy, programs and infrastructure, and identify and implement approaches to reduce and/or eliminate the practice of pretextual stops based on minor traffic violations.

  8. Analysis of litigation outcomes and exposure for city departments in order to guide the creation of city policy to reduce the impact of settlements on the General Fund.

There are multiple City departments involved in the implementation of the omnibus package and on December 15, 2020, the City Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with the National Institute of Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR) to conduct research, analysis, and use its expertise to develop reports and recommendations for community safety and police reform as well as plan, develop, and lead an inclusive and transparent community engagement process to help the City achieve a new and transformative model of positive, equitable and community-centered safety for Berkeley.

Reimagining Public Safety Task Force

The Reimagining Public Safety Task Force will be facilitated by NICJR and called upon to provide input to and make recommendations to NICJR and city staff on a set of recommended programs, structures and initiatives to outline a new, community-centered safety paradigm as a foundation for deep and lasting change, grounded in the principles of Reduce, Improve and Reinvest as proposed by the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, considering, among other things:
    • The social determinants of health and changes required to deliver a holistic approach to community-centered safety; and
    • Defining an appropriate response to calls-for-service including size, scope of operation and powers and duties of a well-trained police force; and
    • Limiting militarized weaponry and equipment; and
    • Identifying alternatives to policing and enforcement to reduce conflict, harm, and institutionalization, introduce restorative and transformative justice models, and reduce or eliminate use of fines and incarceration. Options to reduce police contacts, stops, arrests, tickets, fines and incarceration and replace these, to the greatest extent possible, with educational, community serving, restorative and other positive programs, policies and systems.
The membership of the Task Force shall be comprised of:
    a. One (1) representative appointed by each member of the City Council and Mayor,
    b. One (1) representative appointed from the Mental Health Commission, Youth Commission and Police Review Commission, and
    c. Subject to confirmation by the City Council, one (1) representative appointed by the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) External Affairs Vice President, one (1) representative appointed by the Berkeley Community Safety Coalition (BCSC) Steering Committee, and three (3) additional members to be appointed “At-Large” by the Task Force.
The Task Force shall sunset at the earlier of City Council’s adoption of the final report and implementation plan developed by NICJR or three years after appointments are made unless the Task Force is otherwise extended by the City Council.

Agenda Packets, Minutes, Webcasts, and Additional Meeting Materials: Current Year

Additional Information

Please check the community calendar to verify.

Scheduled Task Force Meetings:

  • February 10, 2022, 6:00PM
  • January 24, 2022, 6:00PM

Community Meetings Update: 
Community Meetings are now scheduled for January 2022.
(NEW) Reimagining Public Safety Community Meetings Flyer: English Spanish   (Click here for meeting link) - Meeting ID: 840 1648 5564


Communications to Berkeley boards, commissions or committees are public record and will become part of the City’s electronic records, which are accessible through the City’s website.  Please note: e-mail addresses, names, addresses, and other contact information are not required, but if included in any communication to a City board, commission or committee, will become part of the public record.  If you do not want your e-mail address or any other contact information to be made public, you may deliver communications via U.S. Postal Service or in person to the secretary of the relevant board, commission or committee.  If you do not want your contact information included in the public record, please do not include that information in your communication.  Please contact the secretary to the relevant board, commission or committee for further information.

The Secretary of the commission is responsible for relaying all communications from the public to the members of the commission.  The Secretary’s contact information is listed below. 

Enabling Legislation:  Resolution No. 69,995-N-S

LaTanya Bellow and Shamika Cole
City Manager's Office 
Phone: (510) 981-7000
   Mailing Address: 
   Reimagining Public Safety Task Force
   City Manager's Office
   2180 Milvia Street, 5th Floor
   Berkeley, CA  94704

National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform:

Specialized Care Unit:

BerkDoT (NEW):

Additional Information: 

July2, 2021 Update - Data Analysis of the City of Berkeley’s Police Response
New and Emerging Models of Public Safety Report - Final
Data for City Auditor's Report of Police Response (Posted 5/10/21) 
Berkeley Police Department FY 22 Budget Presentation
2021-02-18 List of Applicants
2021-01-19 Item 18 Revisions to Enabling Legislation for Reimagining Public Safety Task Force
2020-07-14 Annotated Agenda
2020-07-14 Item 18a Safety for All The George Floyd Community Safety Act
2020-07-14 Item 18a Supp Bartlett Safety for All: The George Floyd Community Safety Act - Budget Request
2020-07-14 Item 18b Support Redistribution of City Resources and Operations from the Berkeley Police
2020-07-14 Item 18c Referral to City Manager to Re-imagine Policing Approaches to Public Safety
2020-07-14 Item 18d Transform Community Safety
2020-07-14 Item 18e BerkDOT Reimagining Transportation
2020-07-14 Item 18e Revised Robinson Reimagining Transportation
2020-07-14 Mayor Supp 3 Proposed Omnibus Motion on Public Safety Items (Items 18a-e)
Resolution 69,501-N.S.: Transform Community Safety and Initiate a Robust Community Engagement Process

 2021 Meeting Agenda Packets, Minutes, Webcasts, and Additional Meeting Materials:  

Agenda Packets             Minutes                                  Webcasts                                     Additional Meeting Materials
January 24, 2022    
January 6, 2022 - Revised  January 6, 2022 - Draft Video - January 6, 2022
December 2, 2021 December 2, 2021 Video - December 2, 2021
November 18, 2021 November 18, 2021 Video - November 18, 2021
October 27, 2021 October 27, 2021 Video - October 27, 2021  
October 14, 2021 October 14, 2021 Video - October 14, 2021
September 30, 2021 September 30, 2021 Video - September 30, 2021
September 9, 2021 September 9, 2021 Video - September 9, 2021
July 29, 2021 July 29, 2021 Video - July 29, 2021
July 8, 2021 July 8, 2021 Video - July 8, 2021
June 30,2021 June 30, 2021 Video - June 30, 2021
June 10, 2021 June 10, 2021 Video - June 10, 2021
May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021 Video - May 19, 2021
May 13, 2021 May 13, 2021 Video - May 13, 2021
April 29, 2021 April 29, 2021 Video - April 29, 2021
April 8, 2021 April 8, 2021 Video - April 8, 2021
March 11, 2021 March 11, 2021 Video - March 11, 2021  
February 18, 2021                     February 18, 2021                        Video - February 18, 2021                          

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