Chancellor's Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety

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Recent Events

The IAB held a public meeting on October 3rd, 2022. The meeting discussed the recently-released IAB 2021-2022 year-end report, updated the campus community on recent and upcoming changes to policing and safety, and collected campus community input via public comment.

Here are the meeting slides. Here is the meeting recording (without public comment) and a time-stamped auto-generated transcript.

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The IAB has an email distribution list that we will use to distribute meeting announcements; infrequent newsletters, position statements, and public educational materials; and calls for community input. To join the email distribution list, visit this page.

Our Charge

Independence

The IAB is structurally independent of the UCPD, reports directly to the Chancellor, and is accountable to the broader campus community. The Board maintains independence in order to provide equitable and accessible community engagement, policy review, community complaint analysis, independent data analysis, and recommendations for changes to policing and safety programs.

Purpose

For the academic year 2021-22, the Chancellor's Immediate Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety is charged with creating an annual report that will provide recommendations on the following:

  1. Complaint review and disciplinary action
  2. Data collection, analysis, and publication
  3. Policy design and implementation
  4. Outreach, education, and community accountability

In addition, the 2020-21 IAB is charged with overseeing the implementation of campus-approved IAB recommendations from previous years and responding to campus circumstances that may arise relevant to policing and safety.

Function

The Board will make recommendations regarding policing policies, procedures, practices, and trainings when the Board identifies possible improvements or gaps. The Board will solicit community input during public meetings. The Board will facilitate the provision of multifaceted support to campus community members impacted by police violence and/or negative police encounters by aiding in communication with relevant faculty and/or supervisors regarding the incident and potential impacts and serving as a liaison between impacted individual(s), groups, and University administration/police.

Grounding

The IAB has adopted the following definitions in its work, as laid out in the inaugural 2019-2020 IAB report.

Community SafetyThe IAB relies on a definition of community safety that extends beyond ensuring the security of persons and property on or near campus and centers the experiences of those who have been most impacted by policing on campus. As it is written in our charge, community safety means:

  1. That those who are public servants charged with serving and protecting do so in ways that are consistent with the University's stated values and the highest standards of professional conduct and consistency.
  2. That all community members are safe from arbitrary, unwarranted, unrestrained, and/or excessive acts of surveillance, bodily intrusion, psychological harm or violence at the hands of law enforcement on and near campus.
  3. That campus representatives center the holistic wellness and inclusion of vulnerable campus communities (e.g. Black, disabled, neurodivergent, Indigenous, Latinx, trans and gender-nonconforming, undocumented, formerly incarcerated and system-impacted, LGBTQ, etc.) in their interactions.

In our definition of public safety, we also elevate desires and actions to prevent crime and other forms of interpersonal harm in the first place. And in instances in which community members nonetheless experience harm, we aim to rigorously and lovingly support their material, emotional, physical, and relational healing and repair as an integral part of community safety.

Police accountabilityPolice accountability typically refers to a formal process of holding law enforcement accountable for harm (e.g., internal disciplinary processes, civil or criminal trials, etc.). We can also think of accountability as a practice in which law enforcement acknowledges the concerns and complaints of community members and responds in a meaningful way. In each case, accountability centers the concerns and expectations of the public and holds law enforcement accountable to these concerns and expectations. Instead of privileging the paradigm of law enforcement (e.g., in evaluating whether or not an action was “justified”), police accountability elevates and requires law enforcement, as public servants, to meet a set of community expectations and standards for police behavior.

DefundingDefunding the police is part of a larger abolitionist effort to "reduce the scale, scope, power, authority, and legitimacy of criminalizing institutions” (#8toabolition) and simultaneously build up "life-sustaining systems that reduce, prevent, and better address harm" (Ongweso). Black Lives Matter co-founder and activist Alicia Garza explains defunding the police this way: "When we talk about defunding the police, what we're saying is 'invest in the resources that our communities need.’” The mission and values of a college campus require that we follow calls to strategically reduce the scope of policing and reallocate resources to life-sustaining systems on a college campus. Defunding acknowledges that financial budgets reflect a moral budgeting.

DemilitarizationDemilitarization calls for the elimination of military-grade technologies and equipment. Local and campus police departments, including UCPD and the City of Berkeley, have relied on the Defense Logistics Agency’s 1033 program to receive transfers of military equipment, including grenade launchers, bayonets and armored vehicles. The dangers of a militarized police force have been made evident in law enforcement responses to protesters in cities across the country. On a college campus, demilitarization begins with an auditing of all equipment, tools, technologies, and tactics; the establishment of a Prohibited Weapons List; and must include continued oversight to ensure that military-style equipment is not being adapted for policing purposes on college campuses.

Background

For more than a decade, the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC), in collaboration with key student and staff partners on UC campuses, led systemwide and campus-based organizing efforts advocating for greater transparency and accountability in policing on and near UC campuses.

In 2017, the University of California Academic Senate’s Report of the Systemwide Public Safety Task Force, initiated by the University Committee on Faculty Welfare (UCFW), made a similar recommendation based on several UC-wide police use-of-force incidents against Black and Brown community members.

In 2018, the UC Systemwide Academic Senate recommended a review of the “UC Police Policies and Administrative Procedures manual (the “Gold Book”) and other systemwide public safety directives to identify best practices for all UC campus police departments.”

In 2019, the Presidential Task Force on Universitywide Policing recommended that each campus establish an Independent Advisory Board on Policing that would work with campus leadership, the campus community, and the campus police department to identify, make recommendations, and address issues involving the safety and quality of life of students, staff and faculty.

Additionally, persistent demands from students (Senate Resolution No. 2018/2019-036) require that UC Berkeley’s IAB also focus its efforts on the context-specific needs and concerns of students, staff, and faculty of UC Berkeley, especially those who have historically been most impacted by negative encounters with policing on and near campus.

To view the 2019 - 20 IAB roster, please click this link.

To view the 2020 - 21 IAB roster, please click this link.

Membership

The IAB is composed of 14 voting members, listed below. There are two co-chairs, four graduate students, four undergraduate students, two faculty members, two staff members, a community representative, and an AFSCME 3299 representative. In addition to discussion amongst voting members, the IAB regularly invites guests to contribute to IAB dialogue, receive board updates, and share their expertise on campus and community safety.

Position Voting Member Name Sponsor
Student co-chair Lucy Andrews Chancellor
Faculty co-chair Jonathan Simon Chancellor
Grad student McKalee Steen Graduate Assembly
Grad student vacant African American and African Diaspora Studies
Grad student vacant Graduate Division and Equity & Inclusion
Grad student Richie Rodriguez-Leon At-large
Undergrad student Bryan Rodriguez Associated Students of the University of California
Undergrad student vacant African American and African Diaspora Studies
Undergrad student Cesar Garcia Berkeley Underground Scholars
Undergrad student Camilla Nguyen At-large
Faculty vacant Academic Senate
Faculty Victoria Robinson UC-AFT
Staff Elisa Huerta Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement
Staff vacant At-large
AFSCME vacant AFSCME 3299
Community vacant At-large
Staff to the board Russ Ballati Vice Chancellor of Adminstration 
Staff to the board Martha Chavez Chancellor

IAB Annual Reports

2021-2022 IAB Annual Report

The Annual Report is currently in review by the Chancellor’s Office.  The campus response will be posted upon receipt.

Please offer your feedback on the 2021-2022 IAB Annual Report:

FEEDBACK - 2022/23 IAB Annual Report

2020-2021 IAB Annual Report*

*This 2020-2021 annual report is a reflection on the year's Independent Advisory Board (IAB) on Police Accountability and Community Safety work. It was written by the student members of the 2020-2021 IAB. Some 2021-2022 members felt the recommendations needed more vetting, and as such, the report was voted on and approved as an account of the previous year and not as a commitment to its recommendations to the Chancellor. The report is intended to serve as a record of the Board’s operations, as part of the IAB’s commitment to transparency.

Some names have been redacted based on request. In no way was any other information amended from the IAB’s report.*

2019-2020 IAB Annual Report

2019-2020 Campus Response to the IAB Annual Report

Contact the Board

If you would like to pose a question, submit a recommendation, or offer feedback to the Advisory Board, please email IAB@berkeley.edu or contact board staff member Russ Ballati at rballati@berkeley.edu.

Meeting Structure

Closed IAB meetings are held monthly to carry out the objectives and purpose of the IAB. The objectives of these meetings are:

  • To deliberate and process information from community listening sessions, public hearings, targeted outreach sessions
  • To assess and provide direction on the resources and processes to address the community needs
  • To form the basis for annual reports

Campus Community IAB meetings will be offered throughout the year at least semesterly with dates and agendas offered on this webpage. These meetings are community sharing and listening sessions designed to meet the following objectives:

  • To share governance of community safety
  • To collect public feedback on policing, safety programs, and other domains relevant to the IAB's work and accountability to the UC Berkeley community
  • To conduct targeted outreach to impacted groups
  • To provide information on changes to policing and safety programs

2021-2022 Calendar of Events

IAB Closed Meetings - by invitation

  • September 21, 2021
  • October 26, 2021
  • November 30, 2021
  • December 21, 2021
  • January 25, 2022
  • February 22, 2022
  • March 29, 2022
  • April 26, 2022

IAB Campus Community Meetings

  • December 8, 2021
  • April 27, 2022