Faces of Berkeley: Mitch Celaya, UCPD chief

With retirement looming, campus police chief reflects on highs and lows of UC Berkeley tenure

UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitch Celaya announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year.
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UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitch Celaya announced that he will be retiring at the end of this year.

Since assuming the position in 2009, Mitch Celaya has managed some of UC Berkeley’s most controversial disputes. But effective Dec. 31, Celaya will retire from his post, thus ending a 30-year career with the campus police. Read More…

Oakland Court

4 Occupy Cal protesters’ criminal charges dropped

Following the direction of UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, the criminal charges against four protesters involved in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal demonstrations were dropped Wednesday in court. The decision to drop the charges against UC Berkeley students Ashley Pinkerton, Justin Tombolesi, Ramon Quintero and Ricardo Gomez comes after charges Read More…

Nancy Skinner speaks at the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

Emails reveal potentially tense relationship between administration, legislators

Spokesperson relays apology from Birgeneau for remark that Skinner and Hancock 'only know how to do damage'

Recently obtained email exchanges between campus officials regarding the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protest suggest that the UC Berkeley administration may have tense feelings about the role of two state legislators in encouraging past campus protests. In a Nov. 8 email, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer wrote to Read More…

Police attempt to break through a line of students on Nov. 9 during the Occupy Cal protests.

UC Police review of Occupy Cal protest critical of administration, justifies baton use

Review says outlawing Police use of pepper-spray was inappropriate

A review released Friday concludes that police use of force against students in the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal protests was within reason, but criticized the UC Berkeley administration’s response to the event. The operational review was conducted by Jeff Young, assistant chief of police at the UCLA Police Department, and Read More…