We Must Do Everything We Can to Keep Our Children and Community Safe

I was saddened and shocked by news that a 15-year-old girl was raped by an unknown assailant in one of our residential neighborhoods. My heart goes out to the young woman and her family. I want you to know that the police are reviewing surveillance footage in the case and interviewing neighbors, however, at the moment, the suspect remains at large. Anyone with any information about this heinous crime is asked to contact the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5716.

I also wanted to let community members know that the police department is working to recruit new officers and looking at increased compensation to retain existing officers. Open positions can be seen at https://agency.governmentjobs.com/berkeley/default.cfm

This crime is a reminder that we must do everything we can to keep our children and our community safe. That’s why I support a proposal to create a Security Camera Database where residents can voluntarily share their security camera footage with Berkeley police to aid them in solving crimes.

Jesse Arreguin