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.
UCPD receives regular briefings from select regional, state
and federal agencies on current threat levels and alerts
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
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
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
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
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
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
established. This Neighborhood Beat Officer program (NBO)
will continue to be a part of UCPD's commitment to community
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
separate from the Criminal Justice Court/
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.
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
complex. UV is located a few blocks off campus, but is
popular and well used by the University community.
has three main community outreach efforts. These include
Crime Free Multi Housing, the Neighborhood Beat
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 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
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