Officers responded to 9,731 calls for service in 2004 . While
officers generally are committed to the safety and security
of staff, faculty and students of the campus, they are directed
to focus on drug, alcohol, vandalism and traffic violations.
All patrol officers are expected to enforce traffic laws while
on routine patrol. When staffing allows, two officers certified
for motorcycle operation focus on traffic safety. They also
participate with other law enforcement agencies on special
enforcement details both on the campus and in the other jurisdictions.
Patrol staff wrote 864 traffic citations and 49 bicycle citations
Because UCSC PD is not staffed with a Crime Prevention
patrol officers frequently make community presentations
and work with individual departments or buildings to address
problems, and to promote crime prevention methods. Officers
continued to provide security walks through the main science
buildings due to rash of thefts of computer equipment.
Officers also provided assistance in the placement of security monitoring
devices with the labs.
UCSC maintains a resident officer position at Mt. Hamilton
Lick Observatory in Santa Clara County. In his first full
year in this position, Officer Mark Mc Donald was busy with
numerous vehicle, motorcycle and bicycle accidents. The observatory
welcomes several hundred visitors each summer for a concert
series. Officer Mc Donald provides parking enforcement and
ensures the safety of visitors during these events.
Officer Mc Donald was appointed to the Lick Observatory Fire
Brigade and is assisting with the updating of the program
UCSC's parking enforcement team was very busy in 2004 , and are
fully staffed for the first time in two years. They continue
to provide top level service while dealing with the challenges
of construction-related problems and loss of parking lots.
The team wrote 33,390 parking citations and booted 163 vehicles
of repeat offenders who had five or more unpaid citations
that were more than 30 days old.
Kiosk guards screen visitors to campus, provide information,
and deny entry to those with no legitimate purpose on campus.
They perform this important crime prevention and public service
function in all types of weather, between 8:00 PM and 3:00
Kiosk Guards denied entry to 2,750 vehicles, confiscated
294 fraudulent permits and student ID cards, and issued 1,092
vehicle and bicycle warnings, provided information to 5,445
persons, and answered 16,858 telephone calls.
Kiosk is in the early planning stages for the
west entrance to campus that will compliment the new
structure constructed last year at the east entrance. The
new facility will provide much needed additional space,
and new equipment for the guards and the TAPS employees
all share the space.
The UCSC Animal Control Officer's duties include keeping track
of and following up on reports of mountain lion sightings,
resolving conflicts between humans and wildlife, managing
the campus feral cat population, and enforcing the Non-Research
Animal On Campus Policy and other state and local ordinances.
Since the UCSC campus' 2000 acres are home to a variety of
wild species, the Animal Control Officer spends a great deal
of time educating the campus community on how to co-exist
with our wild neighbors.
The Animal Control Officer investigated 5 reports of mountain
lion sightings in 2004, a decrease from 2003 when there were
9 reports. Of the 5 reports she investigated, only two turned
out to be credible mountain lion sightings; the remaining
three were bobcats or other animals. The Animal Control Officer
responded to 10 calls regarding sick, injured or dead bats
in 2004, one of which ended up testing positive for rabies.
Her other duties include trapping, socializing and helping
to place feral kittens into permanent homes. More information
on the UCSC Animal Control Officer can be found at http://www2.ucsc.edu/police/awodut.html
The dispatch center provides radio dispatching and telephone
switchboard services to the campus. It is the answering point
for all campus emergency calls including 9-1-1. This unit
dispatches the UCSC Police, Parking, and Fire Departments
and coordinates ambulance response to the campus. Other services
include monitoring security, fire, and telephone system alarms,
dispatching physical plant, campus shuttles and housing proctors.
The dispatch center dispatched 10,166 calls for service to
the police and fire departments, including 171 fire alarms
and 405 security alarms.
Security alarm conversions, from
private monitoring companies to the university dispatch
center, have been completed. The
conversion saves money for campus units, and ensures a
faster police response. Also, the center was remodeled to enlarge
the functional working area of the two dispatchers.
The Training manager coordinated delivery of 1,323 hours of training
to department personnel. Sworn personnel averaged 65 hours
of training per person.
The Training section presented several workshops with Training
and Development throughout the spring semester, as well
classes in Work Place Violence and Safety.
UCSC PD participated
in countywide trainings that were designed to cover incidents
in which the agencies might be working
together, such as Critical Incident Response, crowd control,
felony car stops, and Crime Scene Investigations.
UCSC PD received a grant from Homeland Security, which was being used
along with local funds, to convert our communications system
from the 800 mhz
to VHF. That project has now been completed.
The new Emergency Response Center planning is nearing completion
and construction was scheduled to begin in August. The original
completion date of November 2005 has now been postponed until probably
June of 2006, due to delays in the planning process.