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Police Evaluating Beat Structure, Asking for Public Input

Residents can voice their opinions using the online survey through April 11.

Information submitted by Berkeley Police—

Berkeley Police are evaluating the department's beat structure to ensure the most efficient police service is being delivered to all those who come to and live in the city.

The community can help in that effort by filling out an online survey about police services and the current beat structure: https://surveymonkey.com/s/TJJHDBS 

The Berkeley Police current beat structure that divides the City into 18 police patrol beats has been in place since 1993.  

Crime trends, calls for service, crime statistics and staffing levels were used to determine this beat structure. Given changes in the City over that time, the Police Department is now examining its beat deployment strategy with the help of Matrix Consulting Group.  

Matrix will analyze population, geography, patrol deployment, staffing levels, officer workload, calls for service, proactive patrol time, response times, crime data, industry standards and best practices and the need for flexible units to respond to identified crime trends, as well as the costs associated with service delivery.  Additionally, Matrix will assess community perceptions and priorities through the use of surveys and community meetings.

Any recommended changes to the geographic beat areas will take into consideration an even distribution of workload across beats, boundaries which utilize efficient routes of travel, the minimization of natural barriers and the minimization of neighborhood divisions. 

Any proposed changes will be brought to the City Council for review and discussion. Public input is important. The Berkeley Police Department asks that all those who live, work and visit the City of Berkeley fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TJJHDBS .

Please complete the survey by Friday, April 11, 2014.

If you have any questions about completing the survey, please feel free to contact Matrix project manager, Richard Brady, at (650) 858-0507or rbrady@matrixcg.net.

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