Program Highlights

Community Outreach

The UCPD uses the campus “Scotmail” system to send crime bulletins and other crime prevention information, via e-mail, to the community. “Scotmail” is delivered to campus staff, faculty, and all UCR students with campus e-mail accounts. The police department has a website, which contains information about the department, safety, crime prevention, crime statistics, a press log and crime bulletins (http://www.police.ucr.edu). Our local student newspaper, "The Highlander," has a weekly column entitled "The Rap Sheet", which highlights police activity for the previous week.

Several officers have been involved in outreach to community groups and student programs offices such as Chicano Student Programs, the Asian Pacific Student Programs, African Student Programs, Alumni Association, fraternities and sororities, the Associated Students of UCR, local high schools, UCR staff and faculty. The department appointed a fulltime crime prevention detective who along with other officers delivers with safety presentations, security assessments and educational programs. About one third of our officers are UCR graduates, which has helped in opening channels of communications with various groups.

Domestic Preparedness

UCPD receives regular briefings from select regional, state and federal agencies on current threat levels and alerts regarding potential terrorist activity. The police department participates in a number of information sharing groups related to domestic preparedness including the Federal Department of Justice Infraguard, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the campus Anti-Terrorism group.

UCPD provides domestic preparedness information and materials to members of the community on topics such as mailroom security and nuclear, biological and chemical threats in the workplace. An example would be video tapes available to members of the community who would like to borrow them free of charge.

UCPD constantly strives to ensure the greatest level of preparedness for domestic threat or natural calamity.

The patrol division currently works a 9/80 schedule. This type of patrol schedule creates an overlap on each of our shifts. Currently we have 15 police officers assigned to campus patrol. This is comprised of three sergeants and 12 police officers.

A sergeant is assigned to each of the three patrol shifts. Sergeants are responsible for supervising officers, community oriented policing, directed patrol and assisting the community in other areas of concern. The patrol division handles all initial calls for service; including crimes in progress, past crimes, traffic, information on civil issues, presentations and general law enforcement issues.

A large part of an officer's job involves community oriented policing and directed patrol. This provides the community with more personalized service and insures that officers are meeting citizens, and working with them to solve community issues. Each officer is assigned a particular campus building or department for which regular contacts and liaisons are established. This Neighborhood Beat Officer program (NBO) will continue to be a part of UCPD's commitment to community service.

Most of the criminal cases we investigate do not involve students as the suspects. When a student is a suspect the police department can work with the Campus Judicial Affairs Office in addition to the criminal justice system. The Judicial Affairs Office has several corrective and/or disciplinary options that are separate from the Criminal Justice Court/

Investigations Bureau

The Investigations Bureau consists of three detectives responsible for investigating crimes and providing follow-up assistance to victims. The detectives work closely with local, regional, state, and federal law enforcement agencies toward the prosecution of criminals and the sharing of information, which can range from crime trends, related to simple crimes, up to issues related to national security.

University Neighborhood Enhancement Team

The University Neighborhood Enhancement Team (UNET), a joint UCPD/City of Riverside Police Department (RPD) community policing effort, has been in operation for ten years. One sergeant and four police officers from each department are assigned full time to the team. The UNET beat is the 17.5 square mile area surrounding the UC Riverside campus.

Our officers plan, organize and carry out community activities such as school safety fairs, child safety seat checkpoints, neighborhood watch, and crime prevention seminars. Officers identify problems and create projects to combat them, such as saturation DUI patrols, parole/probation sweeps, and undercover prostitution and theft stings.

Officers use a variety of patrol methods, including patrol car, foot patrol and bicycle patrol. The UNET bicycle patrol program has proven to be effective and popular in the community. The UNET office is located in the University Village (UV) complex. UV is located a few blocks off campus, but is popular and well used by the University community.

UNET has three main community outreach efforts. These include Crime Free Multi Housing, the Neighborhood Beat Officer program and the Local Business Liaison program. Each officer is responsible for a number of apartment complexes, at least one small neighborhood area and several businesses in the UNET area. Officers serve as problem solvers for their groups and maintain their association with them throughout their assignment to the team.

The Crime Free Multi Housing (CFMH) program is directed at the apartment complexes in the area. CFMH teaches apartment owners and managers how to keep their multi housing units’ crime free and safe for the residents. Without CFMH certification, the University Housing Administration will not refer students to an apartment complex - a powerful incentive for the local apartments to get involved.

The Neighborhood Beat Officer program puts an officer in charge of a neighborhood area where he/she serves as the problem solver for that street or block. Current efforts are focused on traffic concerns, home security and working with fraternities/sororities to be good neighbors.

The Local Business Liaison program gives an individual officer the responsibility of being the problem solver for a group of businesses. Officers have used this program to assist businesses in making their locations more secure. They have also worked with the owners in developing robbery prevention programs.

Community Service Officer Program

The UCPD Community Service Officer (CSO) program continues to shoulder many responsibilities. The CSO Night Watch program provides continuing patrols of the campus buildings with CSOs reporting crimes in progress, suspicious persons, hazardous situations, and security discrepancies. CSOs provide patrols in the residence halls, family student housing and University owned apartment complexes. CSOs routinely provide evening hour escorts for students, staff and faculty to areas around the campus. They also handle on-campus escorts when the Campus Safety Escort Service is unavailable.

In January of 2004, the UCPD Bicycle Licensing and Registration Program was implemented. As the student population has grown, so has the rate of bike theft. Bicycle licensing and registration increases the likelihood of a stolen bicycle being found and returned. It may also deter theft by making it known to bike thieves that the bicycle is registered with the UCPD. Police officers can determine the ownership of registered bicycle, or if the bicycle has been reported stolen, by checking the California Bicycle License number. A licensed bicycle also provides a means of identifying accident victims, especially children, who typically carry no form of identification. Licenses are recognized statewide and renewals are valid for three years.

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