Berkeley police reforms provide potential long-term budget savings

Berkeley Police Station near Downtown Berkeley
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With the item Berkeley City Council recently passed, the city will divert funds from the police department and aim to place noncriminal calls in the jurisdiction of other entities, made up of unarmed individuals such as mental health professionals and nurses.

Following the City Council’s decision to finalize a police budget cut of 12%, the city will seek to introduce community safety reform and create a Department of Transportation responsible for traffic enforcement.
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