Berkeley police department appoints new spokesperson

Berkeley Police Department has selected longtime Officer Jennifer Coats as its new department spokesperson. Coats, who has been an officer with the department for 15 years, has served as a member of the operations division since 1998. She will replace Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, who stepped down as spokesperson on June
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Local police agencies seek to share armored vehicle

UCPD, Berkeley Police Department and Albany Police Department recently decided to partner to seek funding for an armored vehicle despite opposition from community members who fear it will be used to suppress protests. The proposal for the armored vehicle, known as the East Bay Tactical Intervention Vehicle, has not yet
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Crystal Massage on Shattuck Avenue and Berkeley Alouette on University Avenue were served with cease and desist notices in April,

Local massage parlors face allegations of prostitution

Three Berkeley massage parlors may be closed for good after city officials ruled that explicit online reviews support allegations of prostitution. Crystal Massage on Shattuck Avenue, as well as Acupressure Health Center and Berkeley Alouette — both located on University Avenue — were served with cease and desist notices in
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Report shows drop in city crime from 2010 to 2011

The FBI has released a preliminary uniform crime report detailing the crime levels for large cities around the country, showing that from 2010 to 2011, crime levels in the city of Berkeley have fallen. The report’s Berkeley statistics led to a 2011 crime report submitted by Berkeley Police Chief Michael
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