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Office of the Director of Police Accountability
Office of the Director of Police Accountability

About Us

 The Police Accountability Board was created to:

  • Promote public trust through independent, objective, civilian oversight of the Berkeley Police Department;
  • Provide community participation in setting and reviewing Police Department policies, practices, and procedures; and
  • Provide a means for prompt, impartial and fair investigation of complaints brought by members of the public against Berkeley Police officers

The Police Accountability Board (Board) is comprised of nine members. Each member was nominated by the Mayor or a City Councilmember and approved by the full Council.

The Board members and their appointers are:


Appointing Official

Izzy Ramsey (Chair)

Mayor Jesse Arreguin

Michael Chang (Vice-Chair)
Councilmember Sophie Hahn (District 5)

Cheryl Owens

Councilmember Rashi Kesarwani (District 1)

Regina Harris

Councilmember Terry Taplin (District 2)

John Moore III

Councilmember Benjamen Bartlett (District 3)

Kitty Calavita

Councilmember Kate Harrison (District 4)

Julie Leftwich

Councilmember Susan Wengraf (District 6)

Nathan Mizell

Councilmember Rigel Robinson (District 7)

Deborah Levine

Councilmember Lori Droste (District 8)

Board members are residents of the City of Berkeley, at least 18 years old, who have pledged to be fair-minded and objective, with a demonstrated commitment to community service.

Meetings and Agendas

Police Accountability Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found on this page.

Meetings will be conducted via Zoom until further notice.

Powers and Duties of the Board

The Police Accountability Board's primary powers and duties are to:

  • Advise and make recommendations to the public, City Council, and City Manager regarding the operation of the Berkeley Police Department, including all written policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Review and recommend for City Council approval all agreements, understandings, or policies relating to mutual aid, information sharing, cooperation and assistance between the Berkeley Police Department and all local, state and federal law enforcement, intelligence, and military agencies and private security organizations.
  • Consider the findings and recommendations of the Director of Police Accountability regarding complaints filed by members of the public against sworn employees of the Police Department, to recommend if discipline is warranted when misconduct is found, and in certain cases of serious misconduct, recommend the level of discipline.
  • Participate in the hiring of the Chief of Police.
  • Access records of City Departments, compel attendance of sworn employees of the Police Department, and exercise the power of subpoena as necessary to carry out its functions.

Office of the Director of Police Accountability

The Director of Police Accountability is charged with investigating complaints filed against Berkeley Police officers, reaching an independent finding as to the facts, and recommending corrective action where warranted. The Director also serves as the Secretary to the Police Accountability Board and assists the Board in carrying out its duties, managing the day-to-day operations the Board office and staff. Other members of the Office include an Investigator and an administrative support person.

The three staff members of the Police Review Commission currently serve as interim staff of the Office of the DPA. The Director of Police Accountability is appointed by, and reports to, the City Council. The Council appointed Katherine J. Lee as interim Director of Police Accountability effective July 1, 2021. Byron Norris is continuing as an investigator, and Maritza Martinez is continuing as the administrative support person.



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Office of the Director of Police Accountability, 1947 Center Street, 5th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: dpa@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-4950
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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