Two thousand and four was a year of transition. Karl Ross,
the Assistant Chief, was appointed acting Chief in August
2003 and served in this position during 2004. Without an
Chief position, staff took on additional assignments to insure
the department's smooth operation.
In 2004, crime decreased.
Surely, the good work of the officers
and staff was an important factor. Through daily and directed
patrol, attention from lead officers, crime prevention and
the watchful eyes of the student CSOs, we helped to insure
the safety of the campus community. Campus partners, e.g.
Centers for Women and Men and student programming, housing,
special events, are also an important part of the equation.
Relationships are enriched through the daily contacts
working together on campus wide endeavors.
As we move into 2005, our transitions continue; Karl Ross
received the appointment as Chief of Police. Additionally,
Associate Administrative Vice Chancellor Sam Morabito was
promoted to the newly created position of Vice Chancellor
of Business and Administrative Services, with the police
reporting to this area of the UCLA organization.
proud of our achievements during 2004, the lowered crime
rate and the work with the campus community. We look
forward to 2005, a year beginning with change in the organizational
alignment and all the opportunities this provides for
campus and department.
The department is divided into three
bureaus responsible for planning, day to day operations/programs,
The Operations Bureau is under the command of a Lieutenant
and combines the traditional police services of uniformed
patrol officers and investigative follow-up. The Operations
Bureau includes the Patrol Division, the Investigations Division,
Field Training Officer Program, Workplace Violence/Threat
Assessment Unit and the Special Events Unit. The Bureau is
also supported by an Administrative Sergeant who serves as
The Patrol team utilizes both 3-12 and 4-10 work schedules.
We Patrol, the largest Division within the Police Department,
consists of five sergeants who serve as watch commanders
thirty-one officers. Patrol officers are the first responders
to our community's seven beats that include both on and off
campus locations. Uniform personnel play a key role in our
Community-Oriented Policing efforts that include crime prevention,
crime detection, criminal apprehension and public service.
Sergeants and officers are assigned to work one of two shifts,
'A' or 'B' Watch, utilizing both 3-12 and 4-10 work schedules.
Our seven patrol beats include the 419-acre UCLA campus,
Westwood Village, the UCLA Medical Center complex, the
Medical Center and adjacent residential areas west and
south of campus. In addition to marked patrol vehicles, patrol
utilizes motorcycles, bicycles, and foot patrols to interact
with the community and act as a visible deterrent to crime.
This past year, the department upgraded both its motorcycle
and bicycle fleets. Two 2004 Honda ST1100P Police Interceptor
Motorcycles and six specialized 'RockHopper Comp' bicycles
were purchased. There are plans to purchase an additional
six new bicycles next year to modernize the remaining bicycle
fleet. A marked Chevy Tahoe continues to serve as the
Commander's multi-purpose vehicle, including an armory and
a Mobile Command Post.
Lead Officers selected from Patrol are assigned to specific
communities within UCLA: Center for Health Sciences and
Plaza, campus and adjacent residence halls, University
Apartments South, Fraternity Row, and the Santa Monica-UCLA
The expansion of the University's off-campus
properties continues, thereby, creating a growing patrol
area and presence
neighboring jurisdictions. This correlates with a larger
number of calls and arrests occurring in the city areas
UCLA and its properties. We continue to work closely with
other law enforcement agencies including the Los Angeles,
Culver City, and Santa Monica Police Departments, and the
California Highway Patrol, LA County Sheriff's Department,
and varied Federal law enforcement agencies.
In 2004, we
responded to 103,552 calls for service. These calls range
circumstances to all type of
including arresting, without incident, a LAPD suspect in
a murder case who was at the University Medical Center
The Investigative Division consists of one sergeant and
six detectives, each having specific specialties: Crimes
Persons (CAPS), Property/Narcotics, Financial/Computer Crimes,
Vehicles and Special Investigations. The Division investigates
crimes and prepares cases for prosecution. Cases range from
simple shoplifts to death investigations.
administrative assistant is responsible for
subpoena control. Daily contact with local courts is necessary
to exchange information on case status and officer availability.
Detective personnel were assigned 2097 cases in 2004. One
of the most
notable and complex cases involves the UCLA
Body Program, a program where individuals donate their
bodies for study primarily by students in the medical school.
March 2004, we learned of possible criminal actions involving
this program. Due to the investigation's magnitude, we
four detectives and a sergeant to the investigation. The
program director and a non-UC affiliate were arrested
for theft and
the unlawful selling of body parts. This incident is being
broadly covered by local, national and international news
media. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
has assigned staff to the case, who meet regularly with
as this investigation continues.
Another case involved
the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center (LGBT).
prior to the beginning of the fall quarter
rocks were thrown through the windows of the LGBT Center.
This happened twice in three days and on one occasion a
valuable "gay pride" flag was stolen. These incidents were
of great concern to the campus and local communities. Officers
worked with Center staff to document the incidents and provide
directed patrol in the area. Investigators, following many
possible leads in this case still under investigation, identified
and arrested a suspect.
The Field Training Officer Program, supervised by the administrative
sergeant has five officers that serve as FTO's. The FTO
mission is to prepare police recruits for an academy, mentor
them during the academy and provide post-academy training.
FTOs conduct a pre-academy training for the recruits that
include developing their physical fitness and mental preparation.
During the 25-week police academy, the FTOs liaison with
academy staff and monitor the progress of recruits. The
sworn-in after successful completion of the academy. FTO's
are the primary resource for police trainees during an 18-week
department training program and, similarly, work with lateral
police officers during a 12-week training program. It is
this time that the training staff determines whether a new
officer is suitable to work in the unique environment at
In 2004, we had two Police Officers successfully complete
the FTO program.
In recognition of FTOs important role in
we added the rank insignia of 'two chevrons and a star'
to their uniforms. With their training and experience, they
the first to fill-in as the Watch Commander in the absence
of a sergeant. The new rank insignia is a proper fit for
additional responsibilities of these officers
The Special Events Unit, led by a Sergeant, is responsible
for coordinating, planning and implementing security services
for a variety of events including concerts, intercollegiate
athletics, demonstrations, film shoots, cash escorts, and
VIP/dignitary visits. In 2004, visitors included presidential
candidate John Kerry, Alan Baker, Senator Ted Stevens, former
California Governor Gray Davis, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi
and a meeting of the UC Regents.
The Special Event's Sergeant also acts as the department's
Terrorism Liaison Officer. Members of the department take
part in several national terrorism related training programs.
Classes include Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombing
Incidents, presented by New Mexico Tech's EMRTC (Energetic
Materials Research Training Center) and Law Enforcement Protective
Measures, Incident Command for WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
Incidents, and COBRA (Chemical Ordinance Biological Radiological).
Officers attending the COBRA school had the opportunity to
train and work in Personal Protective Equipment in an environment
rich in Sarin (GB) and VX nerve agents. Personnel attending
these courses are able to pass on information and train additional
members of the department locally.
For the past 4 years, Sergeant Russell McKinney held the Special
Events Office. Sergeant Paul Stewart took over Sergeant McKinney's
duties in January 2005.
The workplace violence/threat assessment unit is an integral
part of a campus-wide, multi-disciplinary team that collaborates
to provide resolutions for incidents of workplace violence,
personnel actions, and/or disciplinary actions. While most
incidents do not rise to the level of convening the entire
team, the administrative sergeant, the point person for UCPD,
routinely provides phone support and advice. In 2004, approximately
70 instances of workplace violence were brought to our attention.
The Support Operations Bureau, supervised by a Lieutenant,
is comprised of the following units: Community Service Officer
Programs (CSO), Records, Communications, Property/Evidence,
Hiring, Training, Backgrounds and Alarms.
The CSO Programs are a primary outlet for student participation
in campus safety at UCLA. CSOs provide evening escorts throughout
the year and a campus shuttle service during academic quarters.
Currently, CSOs, stationed in and/or patrolling 13 campus
buildings, all parking lots, and all libraries, act as the
"eyes and ears" of the UCPD.
The demand for CSOs in security related positions on both
a temporary and permanent basis around campus is increasing.
The CSOs alone cannot always meet the demand for their services
on campus. Therefore, they work closely with the crime prevention
officer and patrol. These multi-tiered levels of response
help to insure appropriate use of student employees and reduce
A challenge for the CSO Programs is
the expansion of the
residential student population and the current on-campus
residence halls construction projects. This results in increasing
during periods when students are moving in and out of the
residences with CSOs being instrumental in the difficult
of moving large numbers of students. CSOs are an important
part of the residential safety programs through participation
in evening patrols, crime prevention activities, membership
in the Safety & Security committees, educational programs
and residence hall staff training. The Community Service
role in residential areas is expanding and will continue
to do so for the foreseeable future.
The Records Unit is responsible for maintaining records
and reports, meeting legal mandates for reporting statistics,
and Livescan fingerprint operations. Software upgrades allow
for better safeguards in capturing the raw data for use
our operational divisions and enables the staff to compile
reports quicker and more accurately. The Livescan operation
continues to grow to meet the campus demand for fingerprints.
The hours of operation of this unit expanded to seven days
a week. We are currently working on an online form that can
be downloaded to expedite the process.
The Communications Unit, responsible for all emergency dispatching
for Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, workload
has increased. The Center expanded to 14 full-time Public
Safety Dispatchers and staff is working with the state to
upgrade the current 911 systems. Also in progress is a project
with cellular telephone carriers regarding the capability
of responding to service calls from cellular 911 calls. We
view this as a priority to safeguard the UCLA community.
Property and Evidence, with the assistance of UCLA Parking
Services, recently acquired an additional storage facility
to meet the needs of our patrol and detective units. The UCLA
Willed Body Program case, previously described, was one investigation
that required significant storage capability.
The Hiring, Training and Backgrounds Unit worked to recruit
and qualify candidates for several police and dispatch positions.
We have enhanced the roll-call training program by interfacing
it with the California P.O.S.T.'s police training DVD series.
We are also in the beginning phases of transitioning to using
the Advanced X26 Taser in the field.
This unit cosponsors with the FBI an annual violent crime
seminar. Professionals in law enforcement, crime analysis
and related fields from across the country attend.
The process for procuring alarms was refined during the past
year. We work with the Facilities Management Department campus
alarm shop. We plan and administer the overall program while
the alarm shop is responsible for the online order requisition
and installation of the system. Monitoring continues to be
the responsibility of the police department.
This bureau, supervised by a civilian administrator, is a
resource for the department and community. The bureau's responsibilities
include: crime prevention, crime analysis, public information,
community education, grants management, special projects and
last but not least, the university ambulance service (EMS).
Our crime prevention efforts are designed to enhance public
safety awareness and crime prevention through
design and enforcement. We educate the campus,
local residential and commercial communities about crime
prevention and UCPD
services through activities that include safety
exhibition tables, the website, presentations,
site security surveys.
In 2004, we provided crime prevention presentations/activities
that reached approximately 20,000 students, faculty,
Presentation topics include general, personal
and workplace safety, sexual assault awareness,
issues, auto/residential/ personal property theft
prevention, alcohol/drug awareness, commercial
and false identifications, and identity theft
issues. In addition
to the presentations, the crime prevention unit
publishes a collection of brochures on various
topics to raise
awareness, educate individuals, and assist the
community with their safety issues.
In partnership with the Center for Woman & Men and on
a monthly basis during the school year, self-defense classes
are provided. We have maintained a strong partnership with
the Center for the past 24 years, sharing a rape prevention
program for faculty and staff, and jointly conducting and
UCPD, along with other departments, meet with and conduct
presentations for the incoming new students and their parents
to introduce them to life on campus. UCPD station tours that
highlight police, emergency medical and escort services are
conducted for family members of new students as well as students
from various schools and clubs in the Los Angeles region.
The Crime Prevention Unit provided site security surveys
for various departments on and off campus. In 2004, we provided
surveys and annual staff training that assisted in meeting
federal requirements for maintaining and obtaining grants
for various laboratory research facilities. We work with environmental
health and safety services, UCLA and Santa Monica UCLA Medical
Centers, various Los Angeles County, City and Federal agencies
in order to insure compliance with all the rules and regulations,
which govern these grants. Site security surveys are available
to the campus community, affiliated individuals and building
owner/managers upon request.
The Police Community Services Bureau works closely with the
lead officers and our campus partners in insuring that community
needs are met. Examples include:
UCPD Lead Officers continued their involvement with residents
and staff by addressing a number of safety concerns through
patrol and community policing. They also provide assistance
with related issues, through consultation and education
residents including family members in graduate and faculty
housing. Officers regularly attend tenant/resident meetings
and are an integral part of the Office of Residential Life
Safety and Security Committee.
UCPD assigns a lead officer to work with fraternities particularly
to assist with insuring safe and responsible events, chiefly
parties. Prior to their events, fraternities provide a party
notification form to UCPD. The fraternity row officer visits
the participating fraternity house(s) and confirms that a
responsible event coordinator or participant is designated
as a liaison for the evening. This officer also patrols the
residential neighborhood assisting in handling "loud
party" calls from neighbors. This position covers Beat
Five, neighboring area housing, which serves approximately
10,000 students. One challenge for this position is responding
to and assisting to resolve relationship issues between neighbors,
both students and non-students.
The Mentor Program outreaches to primarily student athletes
for support in coping with their transition to a university
setting and the pressure of succeeding as an athlete and scholar.
The program includes workshops, community service opportunities,
and mentor attendance at selected athletic games. In December
2004, three UCPD Mentors accompanied UCLA Football players
to a Bowl game in Las Vegas and are proud to say that they
were successful in keeping 103 UCLA football players out of
trouble while in Las Vegas for four consecutive days.
Our community policing philosophy emphasizes community involvement.
Our success is dependent on the relationships established
by officers and staff. We are involved in a number of problem
solving partnerships, many previously described. Others include
campus policy development, facilities usage, medical centers'
security, student/community relations and developing mechanisms
for unified responses to situational issues.
When asked for comments on our community oriented policing
(COP) philosophy and its applicability to the day to day responsibilities
of an officer, the Fraternity/Sorority row lead Officer Joe
Eubank shared that COP is an invaluable tool as many of the
radio calls handled involve loud parties, large groups, and
at times very intoxicated young adults. The officers spend
time at each call to speak with the residents, explain their
presence and purpose of the police at their party, and answer
any questions the students might have. This assists in building
relationships and has created a fundamental change in the
way the community responds to the officers. Officer Eubank
notes that it has become routine to have individuals at a
party recognize him by name and smile even when they know
that he is responding to a complaint. He notes that fewer
officers are needed to clear large crowds when parties are
shut down due to noise or other complaints and that some of
the residents assist the officers particularly in dealing
with uncooperative intoxicated individuals.
The Los Angeles area is an active media market. News from
UCLA is often featured. We are challenged to provide accurate
and timely responses to complex issues. Many of the stories
reaching the mass media market are first printed in the UCLA
Daily Burin. We work with the student reporters to assure
that safety related information is appropriately reported
to the campus community.
The UCPD web page is routinely updated and improved to provide
information on UCPD and public safety to the community including
the posting of crime briefs and safety alerts. The crime briefs
notify the campus community about recent crime activity or
trends in and/or around the campus. The safety alerts provide
timely warnings about significant crimes impacting the campus.
Typically, these alerts include additional information to
prevent victimization. Copies of safety alerts and most of
our crime brochures are easily downloaded from the website.
Established in 2000, the Safety Listservs, provide information
to interested community members with one list dedicated to
UCLA building coordinators. General information and crime
bulletins are periodically sent to subscribers.
A crime analysis program priority is to enhance the effectiveness
and efficiency of the Police Department's crime suppression
efforts. One of the main objectives of crime analysis is as
a resource and support function for tactical units, patrol
deployment, crime prevention and administrative services.
It is our goal to provide timely and accurate information
to police personnel and the UCLA community regarding crime
trends and patterns. We continue the development of a comprehensive
mapping program for the campus. When integrated with our statistical
analysis programs, the mapping program will provide useful
crime analysis information and tools. After a period without
an analyst, a new staff member joined the department in this
function in August 2004.
UCLA Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an entirely student-run
program, employing UCLA students trained as emergency medical
technicians (EMTs) to staff the campus ambulance. The program
is currently in its 26th year of operation, serving the campus
and surrounding areas. EMS responds to 9-1-1 medical calls
24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2004, EMS responded to
1096 medical aid calls and transported nearly 600 patients
to the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, with complaints ranging
from a sprained ankle to cardiac arrest. The campus ambulance
works closely with the Los Angeles Fire Department, which
provides advanced life support backup for our EMTs on campus.
In addition, EMTs provide stand-by coverage at various special
events each year, including the LA Times Festival of Books,
concerts, intramural sporting events, basketball games at
Pauley Pavilion, and football games at the Rose Bowl.
Aside from responding to medical emergencies, EMTs serve
as station officers. Station officer duties include handling
the campus lost and found, writing police reports, and assisting
people at the Police Department's front counter. EMTs write
approximately 40% of the department's police reports. In 2004
the station officers logged 1,351 lost items into their campus-wide
lost and found database, and received 506 found items from
Notable events during 2004 included the purchase of a new
ambulance and the establishment of the UCLA Emergency Medicine
Interest Group, a community service club for students interested
in EMS and related careers. In 2004 the department hired seven
new EMTs, bringing the total staff to 16 part-time student
EMTs and one full-time EMS Manager.