Irvine

Program Highlights

Patrol Division

The department’s patrol division is primarily responsible for police services at the main campus, but also responds to the UCI Medical Center for reports of major crimes. The primary function of the personnel assigned to the Patrol Division is to provide a uniformed response to calls for service and to act as a visible deterrent to crime. Patrol officers utilize a community-oriented approach to law enforcement, involving the campus community to assist in crime prevention. Officers patrol the campus by use of patrol cars, police motorcycles, off-road equipped bicycles and on foot.

Patrol Highlights

  • The department hired four new patrol officers and placed two additional recruits into the Basic Police Officer Academy at Golden West College.
  • A major re-model of the police communications center was completed this year. Grants from state and federal programs provided the funding.
  • The department hired a dispatch supervisor to oversee all police dispatch operations.
  • Officers participated in a number of events this year including the Special Olympics Torch Run, Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay and our own UCI Medical Center Teddy Bear Drive.
  • A fully self-contained twenty-four foot travel style trailer was purchased as a mobile command center with funds provided by a federal grant. We painted and striped the trailer to match our department patrol vehicles and outfitted the unit with hazardous materials suits, gas masks, emergency preparedness supplies and mass arrest equipment. The unit is pulled by a Chevy Tahoe, which is also outfitted as a rapid response command center.
  • The department added one Acting Sergeant and one Acting Lieutenant positions to the Patrol Division. Four candidates were selected to serve a six-month term based on a qualified candidate’s list established through a detailed testing process.
  • The department completed training all sworn members on the M-4 rifle system. All sworn personnel received approximately sixty hours of range and tactical training with this new weapon system.
  • Two of the department's patrol seargants attended active shooter training courses and will be conducting live simunition training with this weapon system in 2005.

The Traffic Division of UC Irvine Police Department is responsible for the enforcement of traffic laws and the investigation of all traffic collisions that occur on campus roadways, parking lots and residential areas. The Division’s goal is to make the campus roadways safe for vehicles and pedestrians through directed enforcement of speed limits and other moving violations. Additionally, seat belt violations are strictly enforced to reduce the chance of injury during a traffic accident.

The Division consists of two 2004 BMW 1150 RT motorcycles. The BMW motorcycles are the premier vehicles of choice deployed by the majority of California Law Enforcement agencies. They are equipped with a state of the art, integrated anti-lock brake system. This braking technology allows for safer rider operation in emergency traffic situations. The motorcycles are equipped with the same emergency equipment as police cars. One of the other benefits of these police motorcycles is that they can access many areas of campus that are not readily available to cars, providing faster response times to calls.

The motorcycle officers have received specialized training for these positions. They attended a motorcycle academy sponsored by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Vehicle Operations Center (EVOC). The rigorous two-week training course taught specialized motorcycle skills and riding techniques. The skills and techniques consisted of: basic motorcycle riding, emergency braking, accident prevention, vehicle stops and firearms training. The class also focused on operating the motorcycle at both low-speed and high-speed. Both officers are trained in the use of Radar/Lidar for conducting speed enforcement.

The Division is part of the Orange County Traffic Officers Association, MADD of Orange County, UCI CalSafe of Orange County, and sponsors several different traffic safety and charity related events throughout the year. The Traffic Division also works with the California Highway Patrol, The Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Automobile Club of Southern California to remain current with legislative changes in state traffic laws and regulations. The Division also works closely with the traffic enforcement officers from the City of Irvine.

The UCI Police Department motorcycle officers participated in a 50-mile charity ride benefiting the 2004 Orange County Burn Association.

Campus Cases

The department was contacted by Amazon.com regarding illegally obtained property that was being delivered to an address on campus. The property was being ordered and shipped used fraudulently obtained credit card and email accounts. Detectives initiated a controlled delivery with the help of the United Parcel Service and arrested the suspect. Of the nearly $150,000 in property that was reported by Amazon, detectives were able to recover 230 pieces of property totaling almost $58,000. Further investigation revealed that additional suspects were located at Clemson University and in the Philippines.

A string of auto burglaries and backpack/bike thefts from the area of the bookstore was solved in a two-day period. The suspect responsible for the backpack thefts had previously been arrested by our department for bike theft and had recently been released from prison. He was captured on video by alert bookstore security personnel who detained him after a brief struggle until officers arrived.

After a rash of auto burglaries, a trio of suspects was reported breaking into a vehicle on campus. Patrol officers responded and a brief pursuit ensued. Although one suspect escaped the other two, a male and female, were arrested. Subsequent investigation revealed that the trio had been frequenting the campus on a weekly basis to raise money to pay rent. The female suspect was arrested with her 1-year-old daughter.

Crime Prevention Unit

The Crime Prevention Unit’s mission is to continue to provide on-going educational programs and presentations to the campus community. With the assistance of the Community Service Officers and Patrol Division, the Crime Prevention Unit has presented general personal safety, workplace violence, sexual assault, property and auto theft, and drug and alcohol awareness, bicycle safety, domestic violence and identity theft presentations to students, faculty, and staff.

We provide yearly safety training to all housing resident advisors. The training introduces Police procedures and expectations for handling crimes in progress, hazardous conditions, medical aids, sexual assaults, drug identification and protocols for handling fire alarms. A new event for 2004 was the Identity Theft Forum.

The Crime Prevention Officer participates in the Orange County Crisis Response Network, Center for Women and Men Advisory Council, UCI Alcohol Task Force, CAST of Orange County (Child Abuse Services Team), PCAA (Probation County Action Association), Bilingual Staff Development, Orange County Elder Abuse Coalition, California Crime Prevention Officers Association, UCI Summer Bridge Program, UCI SAAS ( Student Academic Advancement Services), UCI CalSafe Orange County Safe Communities, Orange County Human Relations Commissions, Orange County’s Promise alliance for Youths, Irvine Prevention Coalition, UCI Health Education Mini Health Fairs.

Throughout the year, the Crime Prevention Officer assists in the planning of new building projects with emphasis on personal safety and the placement of emergency phones. We assist the Housing Departments with periodic residential safety checks.

In response to the national public awareness of child abduction, the Crime Prevention Unit holds five r.a.d.KIDS Safety Academy courses for children ages 5-7 and 8-10. The program, r.a.d.KIDS, is a national, not for profit children’s educational program that began in 1998. The objective of the training program is to provide educational opportunities for children and parents concerning awareness and self-defense strategies, instilling confidence and reducing the possibility of adverse physical control and/or harm. Children are provided with a foundational understanding that: (1.) No one has the right to hurt them; (2.) They do not have the right to hurt anyone else unless they are escaping from physical violence or a predator; and (3.) If they are tricked or hurt, it is not their fault.

Each quarter the Crime Prevention Unit, in conjunction with Campus Recreation, hosts the R.A.D. Program (Rape Aggression Defense) for women. The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women, which begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. The R.A.D. Systems curriculum is taught at over 400 Colleges and Universities across the United States and Canada, and is the only self-defense program ever to be endorsed by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, and unique teaching methodology.

The Crime Prevention Unit issues monthly crime prevention tips to the campus community via the department website, email and campus newspaper. We encourage the community to work as a team with the Police Department and we teach them to take responsibility for their own safety and their property.

Training

UC Irvine Police Department employees received a total of 1,815 hours of advanced training in 2004, a 12.5% increase from 2003. These figures represent all statutory, regulatory and job-specific POST and non-POST certified/reimbursable courses, but exclude firearms qualifications and normal line-up training.

The Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training certified two UCI Police Department courses in 2004, Firearms/Tactical Rifle S&K (course control # 5740-32090) and Tactical Response to School/Community Violence S&K (course control # 5740-22289).
The Police Department sponsored two trainees who are currently attending the Golden West College police academy. Each of these candidates will receive over 1,000 hours of law enforcement training during the academy.

The UCI Police Department’s 2004 training covered a variety of areas from Homeland Security issues to motorcycle officer training. Some of the areas our employees received training in 2004 included the Jeanne Clery Act, CALNENA, 290 PC update, active shooter, advanced tactical pistol, All-University Leadership Conference, background investigations, Communication Training Officer (CTO), Computerized CLETS Users Group (CCUG), emergency incident management, Field Training Officer (FTO), firearms instructor, firearms/tactical rifle, legislative update, POST DVD media training, public records act, radar/LIDAR training, Rape Awareness Defense (R.A.D.) instructor, records, hate crimes, supervisory course, tactical dispatch, weaponless defense instructor, and SWAT.

The department’s first-line supervisors and management attended a 3-day Team Building Workshop at the Aliso Creek Inn. This intensive 3-day workshop was very informative and produced a number of process-improvement plans. The staff who attended this workshop felt they benefited from the group exercises and open discussions.

A few Police Department employees were reassigned to new positions in 2004. Consequently, some of our training hours were devoted to the required transition training courses the employees needed to perform their new duties (e.g., Field Training Officer, Communications Training Officer, Weaponless Defensive Instructor, Supervisory Course, Active Shooter Instructor, SWAT Academy, Motorcycle Officer, and Public Records Act).

Communications Center

The UCI 911 Dispatch Center is the critical link between University students and staff members and UCI Medical Center patients and staff members and need and the resources that answer their need.
The dispatch team consists of six-full-time dispatchers, one part-time dispatcher, and one supervisor. This team is the nucleus of the police department, and is responsible for answering incoming emergency and non-emergency calls within the campus including calls from the building elevators, monitoring alarms and panic buttons and dispatching the University Police and security guards at the UCI Medical Center, as needed.

In 2004, the dispatch center underwent much needed changes and upgrades in both hardware and software. Southern California (SBC) installed the 911 Vesta System, which is a computerized telephone system, which handles a larger call volume than the previous system.

The center was also reconfigured from a two-dispatch console center to two-dispatch console and a supervisor dispatch console. The consoles are ergonomically designed and consolidated to include state of the art hardware and facilitate the dispatcher’s 10-hour shifts.

The dispatch team will be gaining more part-time dispatchers in 2005.

Administrative Division

The Administrative Division is dedicated to providing support to the department management. The unit includes the Records division and the PD Internship Program. The Management Services Officer oversees the Administrative Division. Under the Management Services Officer, the division also includes an Administrative Assistant, a Police Records Clerk and Jeanne Clery Act Coordinator, and a Records Assistant. The primary functions of the division include handling personnel and benefits matters, responding to the concerns of the public, providing fingerprinting services, bicycle licensing, and maintaining the Lost and Found Property. In addition, the division assists with the recruiting and hiring processes of Police Officers, Administrative Staff, Dispatchers, Community Service Officers, and Interns. The division also plays an active role in budget and purchasing matters.

The Administrative Division accepted Social Ecology 195 Field Study Interns for 2004. The responsibilities of the internship positions include assisting the administrative officers with tallying and analysis of crime statistics (this includes reading police reports to determine how a particular crime/incident should be classified); Assisting the Crime Prevention Officer with creating brochures and pamphlets on crime preventive measures as well as researching new methods of crime prevention for the campus; Working with the detective division with handling court documents and constructing criminal cases.

The Records Unit manages and controls all records for the UCI Police Department. All record requests are reviewed and processed by the unit to ensure proper release. The Records Department is also responsible for coordinating compilation of statistics for annual reporting in accordance with UC requirements as well as Federal requirements such as the Jeanne Clery Act.

Community Service Officer Program

In 2004, the CSO Program expanded its roles and duties to continue to meet the needs of the campus community and the UCI Police Department. By providing specialized services to the campus community, the CSO Program has been able to develop strong ties with various campus departments. CSOs have also continued to serve as essential support personnel for the UCI Police Department.
Through the use of website crime bulletins, newsletters, and weekly crime logs, the CSO Program has taken an active role in informing and educating the campus community. This has allowed the Police Department to increase their visibility to the campus community. These services provide the campus with valuable information in reference to safety awareness, crime prevention tips, and criminal activity on campus.

The CSO Program continues to increase the presence and availability of police services through presentations at health fairs and safety awareness fairs around campus. These presentations are coordinated from the CSO mobile substation that is used in various roles and areas around the campus to increase visibility and promote safety awareness. Various housing departments on campus have also requested presentations for their specific departmental needs. These presentations often include topics such as dorm or personal safety and allows for a direct communication link between the UCI Police Department and the community. In promoting crime and safety awareness, Community Service Officers help to register bicycles for theft prevention and educating campus organizations and departments through presentations on various safety issues.

For 2004, the CSO Program took a more active role in the services it provides on campus. By improving the relationships with campus departments, the CSO Program has also made significant progress in building good will for the UCI Police Department. Numerous housing departments and construction departments have expressed great interest in committing to exclusive contracts for CSO services. Some of these services include general housing security, building patrols and lock-ups, and special event security for various campus events.

Another development for the 2004 year is a CSO-run safety escort program servicing the campus community. Since it's inception, this service has allowed for much greater Police Department visibility and another direct link with the public. Another benefit that has stemmed from this service is an additional CSO patrol unit to assist Police Officers in their daily patrols. CSO patrols have since generated many additional calls for the Police Department by giving the community another avenue to report crimes.

UCI Medical Center Security & Parking Service Department

The Security Department continues to staff the Program with a Director, Administrative Lieutenant, Sergeants, Corporals, and Officers (33 FTE). After many years in Building 2, and as part of the relocation plan to empty Bldg. 2 in preparation for demolition, the Security & Parking Services Department moved into Bldg. 33. As a result of a Safety Initiative focused on violent attacks by mental health patients, uniformed security personnel received training in and were issued and wear electronic immobilization devices, the M-26 Taser. Security Department provided representation in many planning committees or task forces related to Emergency Management or Anti Terrorism to include the Medical Center's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)/Bioterrorism Task Force, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Private Sector Terrorism Response Group, and Region One Homeland Security Advisory Council. The Security Department, represented by Scott Martin, Director, and Lt. Greg Lawritson, have joined a Sr. Program Coordinator with the OC Sheriff’s Department’s Terrorism Early Warning Group in forming the Orange County Healthcare Security Network. The Medical Center participated in disaster exercises as required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Highlights this year included County and State Wide Medical and Health Disaster exercises with themes associated with Weapons of Mass Destruction and Smallpox Mass Immunization. The Work Place Violence Response Team conducted training for all Managers and Supervisors in ‘Workplace Violence Prevention and Response.

In 2004 the Parking Services Program implemented an Employee Shuttle Program due to staff being relocated to the Crystal Cathedral (1.5 miles from medical campus). This Program continues to improve and meet the demands of the ever-changing need for inventory of parking spaces as a result of the demolition of a parking structure and large building in February 2005 to create the footprint for the New University Hospital.

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