Why Politics Matter in Policing

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Officers Need Help (from you)!!! For most of us, including those in law enforcement, politics is a dirty word and not something we primarily think of as having any bearing on our profession directly. However, the longer those of us in this profession, do the job, we learn that simply cannot be further from the truth. That’s why, it important that you, the general public know, the decisions you make in the voting booth, significantly impact our duties, our long term effectiveness and the communit...
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9/11 Letter

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So often we commemorate the day or memorialize an overwhelming mass tragedy, but lose sight of the individuals, the moments in time, the instances that change our world. The below letter, written to a 9/11 survivor, to the police officer who saved her that day, could easily go out to any Officer in the field today. In instances each and every day, they give of themselves selflessly, without hesitation, in the face of fear. Alongside members from each of the various emergency services - they reac...
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Bark (& Meow) Around the Block

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It's that time of year again! Come on down to Bark Around the Block! Saturday, August 19th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9th & Carleton in Berkeley! Bring the kids! Lots of music, fun, beer and plenty of animals to adopt!

DATE: SATURDAY, AUGUST 19TH, 2017

TIME: 10AM – 4PM

LOCATION: NINTH AND CARLETON STREETS, BERKELEY

COST OF ADMISSION: FREE

ADOPTION FEES: WAIVED OR REDUCED

 

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Starr Thompson - "A man for the ages and an unlikely friendship" - Part 2 of 2

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As you know, last month we featured several stories on national police week.  From that, we have one special story which relates to the gentleman we featured prior, Starr Thompson.  In case you missed it, Starr Thompson is a 95 yr old widowed, WWII veteran, who by mere chance encounter, befriended a 7 year old boy named Chase and his dad, Dan Borgstrom one day, while at lunch. Dan and Starr immediately made a connection and have become dear friends ever since; meeting each week for lunch, life l...
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Starr Thompson - "A man for the ages and an unlikely friendship" - Part 1 of 2

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On a cold winter day, in Tuscaloosa Alabama, just weeks before Christmas 1923, 21 year old Officer Kenneth Thompson was working patrol, when he spotted a potential stolen vehicle near the local high school.  As he approached the vehicle to investigate, he observed 2 subjects sitting inside the vehicle. It is believed that as he began speaking to them, he became more suspicious of their activity, and asked them to turn off the vehicle's engine. The driver failed to do so, and as Thompson reached ...
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National Police Week honored 135 fallen

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.   This May marks the 55 th year, in which thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals...
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55th National Police Week

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave men and women who gave their final breath for the sake of justice.   In the years and decades to ...
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Berkeley Local Businesses

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Once a year we reach out to the businesses in our local community asking you for your support.  Annually we look at how we can increase our impact in our community, and we continually strive to outdo our previous year. Your support allows us to make a bigger impact in the community we both share. Here is your chance to join the Berkeley PA's community outreach mission. Join us by donating today , your contribution goes toward making our community stronger.   Donate By Clicking Here You...
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We Need Your Support Now More than Ever

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We proudly protect our communities, children, and families, despite the difficult year the brave men and women of Law Enforcement has had to face. It is not an easy job, but we wear our badge with a humble pride and seek to make the community we share a safer place to live and work. That’s why I am asking for your help. At the time you receive this letter there have been 138  line of duty deaths  of Law Enforcement officers across the US, and officer's killed by gun fire is up 72% from...
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Calling all Local Businesses

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Small businesses are a major contributor to the strength of our local economy.  Literally, small businesses are the backbone of our local community and we appreciate your investment and hard work to make our community a great place to live and work. According to the 2010 Census, 99.7% of U.S. employer firms are small businesses.  Almost half of the nation's private sector workforce is employed by small business,  there is nothing small about these facts. That is why we recognize a...
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The State of Policing in America Reported by MSNBC

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Most of us get up in the morning. go about our days and never think about our local law enforcement officers, unless we hear another negative story on the news.  There is a perception that there are a lot of bad cops out there.  However the reality is that 99.1% of Law Enforcement officers are NOT accused of any misconduct of any kind.    In 2015, 965 civilians were fatally shot by officers, this kind of situation gets the media’s attention, understandably. However, it is imp...
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#GivingTuesday

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December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.  This is the time of year when we think about all that we are thankful for this holiday season.  We are thankful for each and every person out there backing the Berkeley PA.   Throughout the year we work hard to give back to our local community in many ways. To view the organizations we sponsor and how we give back visit our "Charities We Support" page.   If you would like to show your support, please visit the d...
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BPA Turkey Basket Drive 2015

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A partnership between local business, charitable organizations, and the Berkeley Police Association has made possible the return of the Annual Turkey Basket giveaway for over 100 Berkeley families in need this holiday season. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated! Join us at the Sports Basement for an art show and mixer Thursday, November 19th from 6-9 pm. 100% of the art show proceeds will go to the purchase of the turkey baskets. Sports Basement is also providing an in-store 20% coupon...
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Irish President visits Berkeley

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Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats

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  When you say the words “first responders” who comes to mind?  Police, Fireman, EMT? But what about teachers?  It is no longer adequate to place all of the responsibility for our children’s safety in the hands of our teachers during an attack and not take the time to properly train them to accomplish that task. Nor is it acceptable to simply tell them, "Lock your classroom door, turn out the lights, hide in a corner and pray that the attacker doesn’t pick your room."   Today...
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Cookies for a Cop

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"Cookies for a Cop" is an event to show appreciation, support and acknowledgment of BPD. Cookies for a Cop has provided two cookies for every sworn and no sworn member of BPD. http://cookiesforacop.com , or http://www.facebook.com/cookiesforacop , or on Instagram at #sweetkindness.
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Hate Crimes Law Could Include Cops

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The National Fraternal Order of Police is lobbying to add police officers to other victims under the Congressional hate crimes statute. Violence against police officers that is motivated by anti-police bias should be prosecuted as a hate crime, according to Jim Pasco, the executive director of the F.O.P. "Right now, it's a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their skin, but it ought to be a hate crime if you attack someone solely because of the color of their uniform ...
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It's Time for Toys for Tots!

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Berkeley Police and Fire Departments team up on Toys for Tots! The City of Berkeley Police and Fire Departments are teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corp Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2014, to give back to the community.  The goal of the program is to deliver a message of hope to youngsters whose families are in need and to support each of them in becoming responsible, productive community members and future leaders. Click to View PDF with more information
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Art & the Badge 2014!

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1533570776887273/   A partnership between local business, charitable organizations, and the Berkeley Police Association has made possible the return of the Annual Turkey Basket giveaway for Berkeley families in need. Join us at the Berkeley Underground for an Art Show and Mixer! 100% of art sales, and 10% of all the food and beverage sales will go to the purchase of turkey baskets. Donations of any size are also gladly accepted at the event, but not required ...
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BPD Press Release - Berkeley Police Investigating Attempted Homicide

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Berkeley, California (Friday, August 29, 2014) - On Friday, August 29, 2014 at approximately 12:49 a.m. the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received a report of a disturbance inside an apartment located in the 2000 block of Durant Avenue. The caller reported hearing a male yelling and making threats. BPD officers arrived shortly after the call and could hear a loud disturbance coming from the apartment. The officers made contact with a male subject at the location. While there they discovered a...
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Anti-police brutality protest in Berkeley declared unlawful; 2 arrested

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Anti-police protesters marched from Oakland to Berkeley on Friday night, joining demonstrations across the country after last week's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, in Ferguson, Missouri. Two young men were arrested in Berkeley Police Department's jurisdiction, and there were no reported injuries related to the demonstration. California Highway Patrol and Oakland Police Department provided units of mutual aid as protesters marched through Berkeley streets. Just...
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Internet and Website Safety Tips

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Internet and Website Safety Tips: Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.  Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target: -Do not share things such as email ad...
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Domestic Violence

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You can feel so vulnerable during domestic violence situations. Here are some protection tips for you at home while you are still with your abuser, in your car, and with your cell phone. I am also including tips regarding your finances, belongings, and reputation to help you feel more in control. Abuser's want total control over you. If they can't have you, they may try to destroy you in every way possible, or take your life. These protection tips are to help you get through this difficult seaso...
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Crime Prevention

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Simple Crime Prevention: Anyone can be a target of even the simplest of crimes. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your everyday life: -Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Take time to observe what people are wearing and what they look like in case you have to describe it later to someone.  -Do not leave any items in your car that may be seen as valuable to someone else. Do not give thieves the opportunity. Put valuables in the trunk or cover them so they are not...
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