Police Review Project

The Police Review Project (PRP) focuses on holding police officers accountable, organizing grassroots community safety practices, and supporting survivors of police brutality. There are three different branches within PRP that work to achieve these goals.

The first branch of the PRP assists in representing civilians who file complaints with the Berkeley Police Review Commission, alleging misconduct by the Berkeley Police Department. Our students review complaints and evidence collected by the Commission, interview complainants, communicate with the Commission regarding any new evidence and witnesses, prepare complainants for their hearing, and appear on behalf of complainants at their hearing. Our mission is to provide support to these members of our community who have been negatively impacted by alleged police misconduct, so they do not have to navigate this unfamiliar process on their own.

The second branch includes our partnership with the City of Oakland’s Community Policing Advisory Board (CPAB). With the board, the students work on outreach within the community to implement community safety practices. Last year, students worked on rewriting and updating CPAB’s charter, creating restorative justice circles in the city, and updating their policing website. This year, we hope to have more boots on the ground as students put practices into place for neighborhoods to rely more on their community for safety rather than the police.

The third branch includes our partnership with the ACLU Louisiana Justice Lab: Putting Racist Policing on Trial™. This effort challenges racially discriminatory policing practices and combats police violence against people of color in Louisiana. Students participating in this branch will meet with clients regularly, draft legal intake memos, and assist with the Justice Lab’s storytelling initiative.

Supervision: Students in the Police Review Project receive supervision by attorneys associated with each project, including the Chair of the Oakland Community Policing Advisory Board, the ACLU Louisiana, and members of the Berkeley Law Community.

Time commitment: 30-40 hours per semester. 

For more information, please contact the student leaders at berkeleypolicereviewproject@berkeley.edu