The Patrol Division provides the UCSD community with a full
range of police services. Patrol officers respond to crimes
in progress, medical assistance calls, traffic collisions,
911 calls and a variety of other requests for service. Timely
and effective service to the community continues to be the
Patrol Division objective.
Patrol officers provided over 10,000 hours of proactive patrol,
handled over 15,000 calls for service, made over 4,000 citizen
contacts and 1,170 traffic enforcement contacts and wrote
over 1,500 reports in 2004. Last year’s arrests included
a group of auto burglars believed to be responsible for a
string of auto burglaries on campus.
The handguns carried by the patrol officers, as well as the
rifles carried in the patrol cars were upgraded this past
year. Officers are now issued Glock .40 caliber pistols instead
of the 9mm Berettas that they carried for over 10 years.
The campus has implemented the first phase of creating a
network of video surveillance options for patrol officers
to use when responding to calls or to monitor problem areas.
This project is a joint campus effort and includes representatives
from the Police Department, Administrative Computing and Telecommunications
(ACT), Auxiliary and Plant Services (APS), Parking and Transportation
Services (Parking) and the California Institute for Telecommunications
& Information Technology (CAL-IT(2)).
Patrol officers continued to teach the Rape Awareness Defense
class to members of the campus community.
The Community Service Officer Program employs students to
provide high quality, non-confrontational security for the
community. Student safety escorts, which are the primary focus
of the CSO Program, are provided 365 evenings a year to destinations
on campus from dusk until dawn. After 1 a.m., other members
of the UCSD Police Department handle escorts.
CSOs walked or biked with over 5,600 people across the UCSD
campus in 2004. CSOs patrolled the campus on bike searching
for burned out lights, unsecured buildings, damaged items
such as door locks and broken sprinklers, and vehicles parked
in a manner which may affect community safety (blocking fire
lanes or hydrants, illegally parking in handicapped spaces).
CSOs reported 5,375 burned out lights, 326 damaged items,
and 238 unsecured doors and windows. Forty-eight citations
were written for parking violations. CSOs also gave out directions
and parking information, assisted people locked out of their
rooms and offices, and provided other types of assistance
1,328 times. Acting as supplementary services to emergency
personnel, CSOs also responded to seventy-three medical emergencies
and twenty-four fire alarms and assisted by directing emergency
vehicles, establishing safe perimeters, and providing preliminary
first aid when necessary.
CSOs provided security for various campus events such as
dances, concerts, conferences, and graduation ceremonies.
While working these details, they kept surveillance on equipment,
checked for proper identification, and monitored crowds to
ensure adherence to drug, alcohol, and university policies.
To increase the community’s awareness of the services
provided by the CSO Program, employees participated in various
information sessions at student orientations and at meetings
with students, parents, staff and faculty members. They also
handed out pens, key chains, brochures and calendars which
have the CSO Campus Safety Escort line number listed (534-WALK).
The selection and training process for employment in the
CSO Program is very thorough. Candidates are required to attend
an information session to clarify the duties of the job, complete
a written application and undergo an extensive oral interview.
The finalists must pass a comprehensive background investigation.
New employees must complete over 60 hours of specific job
training on officer safety, radio procedures, subject or vehicle
descriptions, CPR, sexual harassment, report writing, and
university policies and procedures.
The Residential Security Officer (RSO) program is a community
partnership between the Police department, Housing and Dining
Services, and the Academic and Residence Life offices at each
campus. The program is supervised by the Police department
and receives its funding and support from Housing and Dining
Services. Each of the eleven RSOs works closely with the residence
life staff at their assigned campus to identify concerns and
develop strategies to foster a sense of community and maintain
a safe residential environment conducive to the educational
RSOs work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Typical RSO duties
include patrolling assigned areas on foot or bicycle, enforcing
university and housing policy, providing after-hours escorts,
identifying and documenting security and lighting discrepancies,
and attending community meetings and presentations. All RSOs
are trained in CPR and first aid, and have attended a forty
hour 832 PC course. They are in constant contact with police
dispatch via two-way radio.
In 2004, RSOs located and secured 63,094 open doors in housing
areas, documented 2,035 security discrepancies, provided 786
escorts for community members and contacted 2,795 individuals
for violations of the campus alcohol policy.
The Detective Bureau is staffed by one sergeant and two detectives
who are responsible for conducting criminal investigations
on crimes occurring on the UCSD campus. Cases involving identifiable
offenders are routinely filed with the city/county prosecutor’s
office for adjudication. If the offender is a UCSD student,
the case may also be submitted to the University Student Judicial
Affairs Office for administrative disciplinary action.
Last year, investigators conducted nearly 600 follow-up investigations.
This reflects a mandate to increase follow-up investigations
in general with a focus on personal follow-up contacts with
as many crime victims as possible. This combined effort resulted
in a solid 12% increase in the number of follow-up investigations
conducted by bureau personnel. Detectives were also busy with
personnel background investigations, “Clery” compliance
issues and the prevention of campus workplace violence involving
threats of violence and acts of intimidation.
Gone are the days of the IBM Selectric Typewriter thief;
he/she has been replaced with the Identity Thief. In 2004,
UCSD experienced three separate major computer intrusions
involving the personal identifying information of thousands
of current and former UCSD students, staff and faculty. All
three cases are still under investigation.
With a full staff of dispatchers, last year’s focus
was on training and meeting P.O.S.T. Continued Professional
Training (CPT) requirements. All six dispatchers and the supervisor
attended several classes this year and our division is in
full training compliance.
With continued support from administration, we were able
to add another full-time dispatcher position and recruitment
will begin in early 2005. In addition, our first full-time
records clerk position was approved. We hope to have that
position filled prior to the move to the new building where
front counter duties will transfer from dispatchers to records
Improvements in our communications center equipment was also
a priority in 2004. We upgraded our security alarm monitoring
equipment, converted the parking lot call boxes from analog
to digital, and purchased a new voice logger for recording
phone and radio traffic. With the availability of many of
our manuals and forms in electronic or web based format, we
have minimized the number of hard copy resources in dispatch.
This has enabled us to streamline processes and will help
us in preparation for our move to the new police station in
We continued our participation in local law enforcement professional
organizations including CLEARS, CCUG, APCO, CAL-NENA and the
San Diego Association of Public Safety Dispatchers (www.sdapsd.org),
and representatives from our department attended the CCUG
and APCO conferences. Led by the San Diego County Sheriff’s
Department, our agency was a member of the source selection
committee for the San Diego Countywide Request for Proposal
(RFP) for a Records Management System (RMS). One of the primary
goals of the group’s mission was to promote information
sharing between agencies in the county.
In October 2004, the Specialized Services Division was established.
The division consists of the Community Programs Unit (Crime
Prevention, Special Events, Alcohol Taskforce, Senior Volunteers,
External Liaison, and Recruiting), Residential Security Officer
Program, Community Service Officer (CSO) Program, Bicycle
Enforcement Officer, Motor/Traffic Officer, Special Assignments
Officer, and the training and background functions. The unit
is managed by a Lieutenant and is comprised of one sergeant,
four corporals, two officers, a CSO Coordinator, a bike officer,
thirteen Residential Security Officers and up to fifty student
Activities for Crime Prevention, RSO and CSO Programs are
listed separately. Activity for select areas within the Specialized
Services Division includes:
UCSD Police employees received a total of 2,041 hours of advanced
training in 2004. These figures represent all statutory,
and job specific POST and non-POST certified/reimbursable
courses, but exclude routine firearms qualifications and
line-up training activities.
- Provided protection for many dignitary and high profile
persons including the President of Chile, Madeline Albright,
Attorney General John Ashcroft, Ambassador from Vietnam
and the California Performance Review
- Provided police services for many special events and concerts
including Fall Festival, WinterFest, Sun God Festival, 311,
Nickel Creek, Good Charlotte and Sum 41.
Last year we continued our participation in an Alcoholic Beverage
Control (ABC) GAP grant funded taskforce. The taskforce, consisting
of ABC, San Diego Police, San Diego State University Police
and UCSD Police addressed alcohol related violations involving
college students in the San Diego area. On December 1, 2003,
we entered into a MOU directly with the San Diego Police Department
to work with them on alcohol related enforcement and education
efforts. Our department provided over 861 officer hours to
all taskforce related efforts in 2004.
The Bicycle Enforcement Officer’s (BEO) primary responsibility
is to patrol the campus and enforce the California Vehicle
Code and University policies relating to bicycles and skateboards.
Other services provided by the BEO include escorts, lock cutting
services, documenting security and lighting discrepancies,
as well as being extra eyes and ears for the police department.
During 2004, the BEO registered 1,049 bicycles and renewed
160 licenses. With the assistance of the Senior Volunteers,
a total of 332 abandoned bicycles were impounded in 2004,
60% more than in 2003 (208).
Decrepit bicycles, with no auction value, are donated to
the Donovan Correctional facility, which refurbishes them
for non-profit organizations benefiting our local communities.
The Crime Prevention Unit conducted 21 physical security
surveys throughout the year. The surveys resulted in the installation
of 11 alarm and video surveillance systems at various university
facilities. The Crime Prevention Unit continues to assist
with the technical aspects of specific alarm system recommendations
and provides coordination between the alarm company and the
Four campus security/safety lighting surveys were conducted.
A number of lighting improvements were recommended and implemented
as a result of these surveys. The consensus of the campus
community continues to be that:
- Exterior lighting throughout the entire campus is more
- The installation of additional lighting has kept pace
with the extensive growth of the university
- The present level of exterior lighting and the number
of emergency call boxes continue to contribute to the low
violent crime rate on campus
This year the Crime Prevention Unit added the responsibility
of conducting pre-employment background investigations for
the civilian positions within the police department. A total
of twenty-one background investigations were conducted in
2004. The Crime Prevention Unit is also the liaison with the
San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Fourteen crime prevention presentations were made in 2004.
These presentations were provided to Parking & Transportation
Services personnel, Parent Orientations for Revelle, Warren,
Muir, Marshall, Roosevelt and Sixth Colleges, International
Studies, San Diego County Law Enforcement Alcohol Taskforce,
and various departments on campus. The Crime Prevention Unit
also participated in the Children’s Hospital Teddy Bear
drive, the 4 R Kids’ Sake Purple Ribbon campaign, Child
Safety Seat Inspections and the Refuse To Be A Victim training
Throughout the year, the Crime Prevention Unit provided a
number of security and safety related interviews and articles
to the UCSD Guardian campus newspaper, and staffed information
tables at UCSD Admit Day, Welcome Week and the Staff Association
The department's five Senior Volunteers donated 696 hours
and assisted the police department by making the following
- Made 443 positive citizen contacts
- Issued 495 crime prevention discrepancy/courtesy notices
- Completed eight crime victim follow-up interviews
- Distributed various crime prevention brochures to all
- Provided extra patrol inside university buildings and
libraries. and distributed security/safety information
- Assisted with clerical and front counter duties