In January, Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan's son lost his iPhone. We've all been there, down that harrowing and unimaginably terrifying rabbit hole. So, like any nobel law enforcement official, Meehan had a 10 cops (some on overtime) look for his son's missing smartphone. Which, of course, is perfectly reasonable. So much so, in fact, that the "embattled" chief held a press conference yesterday defending his actions, saying that it was not "some kind of preferential treatment," but something his department "would do for anybody in the city."

Smashing news, folks. Berkeley really is the greatest city in the Bay Area. In Meehan's defense, however, this isn't the only time where a veritable SWAT team was used to fine a missing phone. Berkeleyside has more:

On Tuesday, the BPD supplied Berkeleyside with examples of seven cases where anywhere between four and 11 police officers were assigned to track and locate iPhones or iPads. The cases were from the past three years. One took the police to San Francisco, and two resulted in arrests.

And with that, if you're in Berkeley and your iPhone or iPad or, hell, even your Kero Kero Keroppi wallet goes missing, please call the Berkeley Police at once at 510-981-5900.

This latest oops comes on the heels of Meehan losing his cool by trying to manage a news story after the Bay Area News Group originally reported that he had apologized for the Berkeley Police Department's slow response to the murder of 67-year-old Peter Cukor. If you recall, Meehan had Sgt. Mary Kusmiss to go to the home of an Oakland Tribune reporter in an effort to change an incorrect story.