Berkeley Police Department and
Police Review Commission
The Police Review Commission The Berkeley police Review Commission (PRC) was established by voter
initiative in 1973. Ordinance No. 4644-N.S. created the PRC as a nine-member
body having independent authority to investigate and hear complaints
filed against employees of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and
to provide citizens involvement in setting and reviewing BDP policies,
practices, and procedures.
The PRC is one of the oldest civilian oversight
bodies in the nation. Today civilian oversight is an established part
of municipal entities throughout the United States and internationally.
Berkeley’s PRC serves as a model for emerging oversight bodies.
The PRC strives to ensure that Berkeley Police Department policies
reflect community values. PRC has been involved in:
• Holding community meetings on proposed police canine unit and
• Working with the Commission on Disabilities and BPD representatives
to develop a general order to bring BPD into compliance with ADA and
with members of the transgender community to establish a transgender
policy and training for BPD;
• Conducting a study of BPD use of pepper spray and its effectiveness
that has received international attention.