Davis

Program Highlights


The Patrol Division is the largest and most visible division of the University Police Department. Its purpose is to provide the highest level of security and public safety assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Whether our officers are in their patrol vehicle or on motorcycle, bicycle, or foot; they perform a wide variety of services. These services include responding to calls for service, presenting crime prevention information, meeting with student groups, staff, and faculty, investigating and documenting crimes and incidents, maintaining the security of University property and providing traffic enforcement and crowd control during special events. All members of the Patrol Division are equipped with the latest in law enforcement equipment and participate in both specialized and mandatory training as required by departmental directives and the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training. The Patrol Division provides service to the University of California, Davis Campus and the Medical Center campus located in Sacramento.

During 2004, Sergeant John Johnson was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Officer Mary Garcia the Distinguished Service Medal for their efforts in saving the life of a suicidal woman who was attempting to jump off a parking structure at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Sergeant Paul Henoch and Officer Franci Abraham were awarded the Medal of Valor for the apprehension of a fleeing suspect when they placed their patrol vehicle in front of the suspect’s car to prevent his imminent escape into commute traffic.

Late in 2004, officers responded to a report of a suspicious man behaving in a bizarre and threatening manner in a student residence area. The suspect did not respond to verbal commands; officers deployed non-lethal Tasers with no effect. The suspect removed a handgun from his clothing and fired several shots at officers. They subsequently returned fire, striking the suspect. He was declared deceased at the scene. No officers or students were injured. A coroner’s report indicated the suspect had THC and methamphetamine in his system. A tactical debriefing for the UC law enforcement community is planned for spring 2005.

The Patrol Division provides the highest levels of service through not only regular patrol but the use of the following specialized units:

The Patrol Division has responded to the need for increased security precautions at many of the special events that take place on the university campus with the use of the K-9 unit. The K-9 team, consisting of Officer Walter Broussard and German shepherd "Maverick," has been specially trained and certified in the search and detection of explosive devices. In 2005 Officer Broussard and Maverick will attend training to cross train in Patrol techniques. In 2004, Officer Broussard and his partner Maverick competed in two Police K-9 events, taking first and third place in the explosives detection division. Our K-9 Team competed against both municipal and military Police dog teams.

The Patrol Division currently utilizes two BMW motorcycles to make up the Motorcycle Unit. Each motorcycle is equipped with emergency lights, siren, specialized communications equipment, and is clearly marked with the Department’s seal and police markings. The Motorcycle Unit is staffed by two full-time police officers. The officers assigned to the unit have successfully completed the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training motorcycle operator’s course. The motorcycle officers perform many functions for the Department and the university community. As with most police motorcycle units, traffic enforcement on campus is the primary function of this specialized unit. Officers also provide security in the core of the campus where they patrol areas not accessible to vehicle traffic. Most importantly, the Motor Unit provides a safe and secure environment for bicyclists and pedestrians in high traffic areas.

An integral part of the University of California, Davis Police Department's Patrol Division is the specialized Bicycle Patrol Unit. The Bicycle Unit is staffed by 10 officers from different patrol shifts. The UCDPD Bicycle Unit is equipped with ten Giant mountain bikes with front suspension, emergency lighting and sirens, and police markings. These are specially designed for continuous high impact use and training. Davis is well known as a cycling community, but most Californians are not aware that Davis has more bicycles than any other community in the nation.
All Bicycle Unit officers attend the POST-certified 40-hour law enforcement mountain bike training course. The course teaches officers bicycle laws, bicycle maintenance, basic riding skills and tactical riding skills.

The Bicycle Unit is a very effective law enforcement tool when dealing with extremely crowded conditions on campus today. Bicycle officers can navigate the congested areas of campus and can respond to emergency calls for service much faster and more efficiently than those in automobiles. Bicycle officers also travel in areas where a patrol car would be unsafe or impractical to use.

Bicycle officers are very visible while patrolling campus and provide important safety information while at the same time enforcing traffic laws pertaining to bicycles and pedestrians. They are active in the community by participating in various events such as Picnic Day.

The Bicycle Unit is extremely beneficial to the safety and security of the University of California, Davis. This highly trained group of officers is dedicated to utilizing bicycles to patrol campus while providing the security that is needed in the unique campus environment.

The University of California, Davis Police Department is charged with planning and operational management of many special events on campus. The Patrol Division works closely with the Aggie Host Program Coordinator and many other university departments to provide security for a diverse selection of events that occur on campus.

The Department develops an individualized operational plan for each special event. The plan contains the number of staff needed, responsibilities of those involved, logistical and safety concerns, crowd and traffic control and analysis of potential criminal activity that are associated with particular events. The written plan also describes coordination with other law enforcement and support agencies should their assistance be required. A designated chain of command for every operation is established in advance and an individual is assigned to complete an after-action-report detailing circumstances arising during the event. Picnic Day is an example of a large scale, high profile event during which the UCDPD Patrol Division and its specialized teams are routinely engaged in traffic control, peace keeping, and community involvement and support consistent with our community oriented policing philosophy.

Cal Aggie Host Program

The Cal Aggie Host Program created in 1980 provides a wide range of services to the students and guests of events held on campus including line control, ticket taking, contraband control, ushering, crowd control, general event security and access to emergency personnel. There are approximately 55 UC Davis students in the program who worked nearly 350 events over the course of the year. These events included special ceremonies, major campus events, concerts, athletic events, lectures, conferences, VIP transportation, festivals, fairs, weddings and special assignments.

The Aggie Host Program continued to operate the Campus Escort Service as part of the nightly student patrol. The service accommodated students, staff, faculty and visitors on campus and nearby campus residential areas. The service is free of charge to the user and operated from 6:00 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. with extended hours during finals. When the student patrol staff are not handling safety escort requests, they maintain a high profile by patrolling the campus by van or on foot. They can be identified by their bright yellow jackets. The escort service provided nearly 3,000 escorts last year. Student patrol staff also conducted 5,000 area checks and 300 building checks around campus.

The Aggie Hosts staff all major ICA functions, football, basketball and baseball.

The Aggie Hosts assisted with several educational conferences, youth functions and Fun Runs. UC Davis was once again home to one of the largest single sporting events for women in the country by hosting the week long Volleyball Festival. The Aggie Hosts worked several annual events including Picnic Day, the Whole Earth Festival and the Pow Wow.

At the end of the school year the Hosts worked nearly a dozen commencements ceremonies with more than 3,500 UC Davis graduates and 30,000 guests attending.

Criminal Investigations Unit

The Criminal Investigation Unit's primary function is the investigation of crimes on the property of the University of California, Davis campus located in Yolo and Solano Counties and on the property of the University of California, Davis Medical Center and Health System located in Sacramento County.

The Detectives are responsible for a “general” case load investigating a variety of cases from crimes against persons to property crimes. The detectives receive training in broad array of topics that includes crime scene management and processing, sexual assault, computer-related crimes, identity theft and homicide investigations.

The unit is comprised of a Detective Sergeant and three detectives. However, due to staffing levels, in 2004 the unit functioned with only two detectives. In addition to the “general” case load, the Detective Sergeant also was responsible for investigating crimes against women as part of UC Davis Police Department’s participation in a federal "Violence Against Women" program, through a grant awarded to the Police Department Campus Violence Prevention Program.

The unit also participated in the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, which is managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. One UC Davis detective was assigned to the task force one day a week to investigate various aspects of computer-related crime and identity theft. The types of cases ranged from child pornography to embezzlement. The task force also assisted the UC Davis investigations unit by performing forensic analysis on computer processing equipment.

As a result of ongoing efforts by the U.S. Office of Homeland Security, the investigations unit continues to actively participate in meetings with the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center (CATIC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Both task forces are comprised of state and federal law enforcement agencies whose primary function is to disseminate information relating to terrorism to local law enforcement agencies.

The Investigations Unit has provided dignitary protection to federal, state, local and university officials. In June 2004, the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, scheduled a visit to the UC Davis campus. Working with the U.S. Secret Service, the unit created an operational plan involving more than 100 federal, state and local officers for the protection of President Karzai. Due to the death of President Ronald Reagan, President Karzai postponed his visit.

In addition to assisting the Patrol Division with investigations, the detectives handled more than 75 complex investigations in 2004. These cases either were initiated by the patrol division and turned over to detectives, or were initiated by the detectives. Of the 75 cases, 28 were closed by either arrest or warrant issued. The remainders of the investigations were suspended due to a lack of investigative leads.

The following are highlights of 2004 investigations conducted by the UC Davis Police Investigations Unit:

On January 1, 2004, the Investigations Unit responded to assist the UC Davis Medical Center Patrol Division after officers arrested a suspect for burglary. The patrol officers made the arrest while responding to an alarm at an office building, and saw the suspect leaving the building carrying computer equipment. A subsequent investigation led to a search warrant at the suspect’s residence. At the residence, detectives recovered more than $30,000 worth of stolen property from burglaries in Sacramento and Placer counties. At the residence, an accomplice also was arrested in connection with the additional stolen property located on the premises. Both suspects were successfully prosecuted.

In March 2004, UNITRANS (the University bus system) officials alerted the police department of a possible embezzlement of daily bus fare cash receipts totaling more than $10,000. UNITRANS officials were unaware of any suspects. After a week-long surveillance operation, the detectives observed an employee enter the main office area after hours, and walk out with a bus fare cash box in his hands. The suspect was arrested and later pled guilty to felony theft charges.

In April 2004, a female student advised detectives of a domestic violence incident involving her boyfriend. A subsequent investigation led to a $50,000 arrest warrant being issued by the Yolo County Superior Court for the arrest of the boyfriend. The boyfriend later pled guilty to false imprisonment and to making terrorist threats.

In May 2004, the detectives were called out to investigate an attempted homicide. Two UC Davis students became involved in a physical altercation where one student stabbed another with a knife. The detectives interviewed several witnesses and subsequently arrested the suspect within hours of the incident. The suspect pled guilty in this case.

Also in May 2004, the Investigations Unit was advised of an embezzlement of funds from the UC Davis Medical Center Food and Nutrition Department. The Medical Center was advised by the bank that a department manager appeared to have created a fraudulent account and sent checks to herself in an amount totaling $96,000. A subsequent investigation led to the finding of additional fraudulent accounts and a total loss of more than $500,000. The manager was arrested and pled guilty. Two of the manager’s relatives have $400,000 warrants pending for their arrest; they are believed to be accomplices in the embezzlement.

In June 2004, following leads from witness statements, the detectives were able to identify two suspects in a January 2002 arson case. This case involved the arson of a vehicle at the Colleges at La Rue Apartments, an on-campus housing complex. The information gathered led to the arrest of the registered owner of the vehicle and his friend for arson and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. One suspect has pled guilty to being an accomplice to insurance fraud. The registered owner is awaiting trial in Yolo County Superior Court.

In October 2004, the detectives followed up on an arrest made by a patrol office of a UC Davis student who rammed a stolen car into a police vehicle. A subsequent investigation uncovered that the suspect had been involved in several cases of identity theft, bicycle theft and burglary on the UC Davis campus. A search warrant was obtained for his dorm room and the dorm room of two possible accomplices. All three suspects have been arrested and are awaiting trial in Yolo County Superior Court.

In December 2004, the Investigations Unit initiated an embezzlement investigation of a UC Davis Medical Center Respiratory Care Center manager. The manager was alleged to have forged travel documents and purchased computer equipment with university funds for his personal use. The investigation led to the recovery of more than $70,000 in stolen computers and equipment and the discovery that more than $10,000 in forged travel reimbursements had been embezzled. The manager was subsequently arrested and is awaiting trial.

In addition to criminal investigations, the Detectives conducted more than 18 presentations in 2004 to various student groups, staff and faculty on identity theft, personal security, computer crimes and general law enforcement procedures.

Campus Violence Prevention Program

The Campus Violence Prevention Programs unit of the UC Davis Police Department provides education and outreach about the realities of sexual violence, hate or bias related activity and relationship violence focusing on prevention through education. The program's primary mission is to eliminate these forms of violence and in the interim, to ensure support services are available for survivors. The program is committed to the advancement of services available to survivors through prevention, intervention, education, training, and policy.

Education, prevention and intervention regarding sexual assault and relationship violence have been provided since 1979. Immediate, confidential and supportive response to survivors is a priority as is advocating for victims of violence with initial medical evaluation, legal and police procedures, and academic and housing issues. Confidential crisis intervention and advocacy is available to both recent survivors and those working to recover from a past incident. We also provide short-term intervention and support for friends, family, housemates and co-workers of the survivor.

Our prevention activities support the campus community by helping to create an environment that encourages awareness of the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and hate or bias related activities. We offer workshops, classes, and consultation. Workshops are available for classes, departments, residence halls and other groups and training is provided to the campus community regarding these forms of violence. Methods used to provide information and build skills include discussion, role-plays, exercises and videos. Specialized workshops are available. Professional staff and student peer educators facilitate workshops. Student Peer Educators are trained through a yearlong series of classes.

To provide for appropriate supportive response to survivors, training is provided to university staff and faculty that address both the issues themselves and the effects of the incident on survivors, friends and families. Participants are trained to deal sensitively and effectively with persons affected by an assault or incident.

The Campus Violence Prevention Program unit recognizes the impact that sexual assault, relationship violence, and hate/bias related incidents have on the campus environment. We work to prevent and respond to incidents by collaborating with community services and other campus departments such as the Women's Resources and Research Center, Resident Education Program, Student Judicial Affairs, Sexual Harassment Education Program and the Counseling Center.

In 1999 and again in 2001 The University of California, Davis, Campus Violence Prevention Program was awarded $543,000 to develop a comprehensive program to prevent and respond to violence against women on campus. In 2003 Campus Violence Prevention Program was awarded extension funding to sustain the program until 2005. The grant was augmented in 2000 to support the development of an interactive web site / CD-ROM that will educate about violence against women. All programs and products developed through the grant are provided to colleges and universities across the county.

For more information about the CVPP grant project visit voicesnotvictims.org

"The university is committed to preventing violence against women and to responding effectively when it does occur," says Janet Hamilton, vice chancellor of administration with responsibility for the police department. "One of the real strengths of the project is how it will integrate the efforts and resources of so many campus offices and programs to address the problem."

It augments the police department's Campus Violence Prevention Program, now in its 23rd year. Jennifer Beeman, manager of the existing program, will serve as project director.

This project significantly expands the advocacy, counseling and prevention programs offered.

Crime Prevention Program

The mission of the Crime Prevention Program continued to be the reduction of crime by providing on-going educational programs to the community. In an effort to reach our goal to empower individuals and to encourage them to work as a team with law enforcement officers, we actively teach people the true meaning of Crime Prevention: The anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of action to remove or reduce it. Our continuing goal is to educate people how to take responsibility for their own safety and well being while at school, home, work, or play.

The Crime Prevention Unit actively participates in the planning of all new building projects and advises the campus Architects and Engineers on secure building design with an emphasis on personal safety.

The Crime Prevention Program provides services to the Davis campus and UC Davis Medical Center communities, including numerous UC Davis Medical Groups, Primary Care Clinics, and research/teaching facilities that are located throughout Northern California. These services include facility surveys with written security recommendations, and various presentations on general and specific Crime Prevention topics such as personal safety, office and facility security, workplace violence, suspicious package recognition, managing angry clients, and other subjects, as requested.

The Crime Prevention staff, in cooperation with the Patrol Division, made direct contact with thousands of faculty, staff, students, patients, visitors and others affiliated with UC Davis and the surrounding communities of Davis and Sacramento.

We continued to participate in numerous community events such as the Yolo County Family Safety Day in Woodland, the Davis Business Expo and the Student Activities Fair sponsored by Davis Chamber of Commerce, Campus Safety Week sponsored by the Associated Students, Security Awareness Week, resource fairs sponsored by Student Housing, and new employee orientations.

Our Staff Development “Safety and Security” course is free to university employees and has been a very popular, and well-received presentation. Topics covered in the class include workplace violence, suspicious packages, personal safety and security at work, and angry client management.

Crime and informational alert bulletins continue to be distributed on campus via department mail and fax, and posted on our web site. We continue to offer our email alert notification service to which anyone (students, faculty, staff, parents, etc.) may subscribe. Whenever a crime or informational bulletin is distributed on campus, the Police Department sends an email to subscribers telling them that a bulletin has been issued, and it directs them to a specific UCDPD web site address to view the bulletin. The service will also let the subscriber know when and where the latest UC Police Annual Report has been published.

Property/Evidence Unit

Police Department employees, who collect, process, preserve, and package evidence and safekeeping property in the field follow California Department of Justice - Bureau of Forensic Services (DOJ-BSF) guidelines and the UCDPD Property Control Manual (PCM), when practical.

While the proper collection, preservation, security, and control of evidence and safekeeping property is the responsibility of all Department employees when said property is seized, collected, or otherwise comes into their custody, it is the sole responsibility of the Property / Evidence Unit to safely and securely store property until such time as it is needed in a criminal prosecution, released to its owner, or otherwise lawfully disposed of.

With evidence collection and preservation being an important area within any police department, the Property / Evidence Unit has been actively reviewing its operational policies and will distribute an updated Property Control Manual in late 2005 due to procedural and facility changes.

In addition, planning has been completed for a new property / evidence processing area and intake / storage room scheduled for construction in mid-2005. The new processing area and storage facility will have a state of the art ventilation system, intake lockers, three electronically controlled safes. The additional space will more than double our current property storage capacity.

Systems/Network Administration

The IT portion of the UCD Police department is (has):

  1. Hiring full time employees to replace our student and temporary employees in an effort to better reap the benefits of training and experience.
  2. Updated our alarm monitoring system to a redundant system for better fault tolerance.
  3. About to undertake a network upgrade project enabling the consolidation of the UCD Fire Department’s IT infrastructure as well as allowing for secure network growth and interconnection with outside agencies.
  4. Researching vendors which will supply a robust system for mobile data access as well as in-car video.

Emergency Preparedness

The campus emergency management program has accomplished several significant goals for continued program enhancement this academic year thanks largely to the dedication Emergency Management Group and subcommittee staff.

Significant accomplishments during the last year include:
Enhanced partnership with Operational Area (Yolo County).
Partnership with Yolo County Public Health for campus location selected as an Immunization Clinic as part of overall countywide plan.

Joint exercise involving activation of Immunization Clinic and campus EOC was held in June 2004. http://www.yolocounty.org/org/Health/avianfludrill.asp

Participation with Yolo County in Disaster Mitigation Plan process.


Campus Recovery Plan Improvements:
Preparation of Recovery Plans by campus investigators for Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) inspection. AAALAC certifies campus compliance with the provisions of the Federal Animal Welfare Act. Accreditation reviews are conducted every three years and include inspection of animal facilities and review of all campus programs for the care and use of live vertebrate animals in research, teaching, and testing.


Program goals for improvement planned for coming year:
Movement to NFPA 1600 and completion of system wide the HVA process.

Administrative Division

The Department’s Administrative Division consists of: the Investigations Bureau, the Internal Affairs Unit, and the Out Reach Bureau including: Crime Prevention, Crime Analysis, Training, the Video Unit, Recruiting and Hiring and the Evidence Technician. Additionally, the Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) and the Technical Support Services Bureau including: Records, Lost and Found Property, Communications, Systems and Network Administration, and Facility and Inventory Management are units within the Administrative Division. The Administrative Division actively supports the Vision and Mission of the Department, the Patrol Division and the Campus through consistent and innovative processes that support a safe and secure environment in our communities.

The Outreach Bureau sustained a rigorous recruiting and hiring process throughout the year, and was paramount in the department’s internal leadership development courses. The Technical Support Services Bureau was busy implementing the Records Management System (RMS) and enhancing our computer and network systems. Additionally, continued work with other Campus Departments on the final designs of our forthcoming facility remodel and construction of a new evidence processing and storage area, and an Emergency Operations Center building that will also house several of our Administrative Division units.

The Investigations Bureau was responsible for several challenging and high profile criminal investigations. As well, the Campus Violence Prevention Program was busy with reported violence toward women incidents much due to the outreach efforts of CVPP some of which is funded by the Violence Against Women grant.

The Training Unit implemented an online intranet delivered roll call training system that standardized training throughout the Department. Several employees were upgraded in their POST certifications, and the Training Unit.

Records Unit

The Records Unit processed nearly 2,500 reports in 2004, this included reports both from the Davis campus and the UCD Medical Center in Sacramento. The records unit has the responsibility for Live Scan, Police and Fire public counter, mail processing, providing logistical support, subpoena service and special events planning. The year 2004 has been extremely busy with numerous high profile cases. The Records Unit is continually changing and upgrading to provide the most efficient service possible. One career Records Technician and two temporary employees dealing with Live Scan keep the unit running smoothly.

Communications Unit

In 2004 the Communications Unit received and dispatched 46,932 police calls for service between the UC Davis campus and UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and 1097 fire suppression calls for the campus and UC Davis Medical Center. In collaboration with our detective unit and the local courts the Communications Unit processed hundreds of warrants. Our unit is technically equipped with Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), enhanced 9-1-1 (E-9-1-1), direct ring down elevator phones from campus, alarm monitoring, closed circuit television (CCTV), 800 MHz radio system and many other devices designed to assist the dispatchers conduct business.

The Communications Center is the primary 9-1-1 answering point for the Davis campus, UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and the outlying facilities. The Communications Unit operates year round with mandatory of at least 2 dispatchers on duty at all times. The unit currently consists of 10 dispatchers and 1 supervisor. The unit monitors security and fire alarm systems from both sites. The Communications Unit answer emergency and business telephone lines for police and fire. Dispatchers are responsible for receiving calls for services, deciphering the information, documenting the call in CAD, prioritizing the call and dispatching the appropriate response. The status of the unit(s) and call progress is tracked in CAD until the call is cleared by the emergency responder. The dispatcher’s job is a technical and challenging profession.

The Communications Unit is in the process of a lengthy remodel project. The first step was the implementation of new carpet tiles. Furniture upgrade is on the way for 2005-2006. The Communications Unit will also be upgrading the E-9-1-1 system. As technology grows our communication units must grow as well. The Communications Unit strives to provide a valuable and professional service to our community of students, faculty, staff, patients, visitors, other agencies and departments.

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