Launching the Future! 2005 was a year of new beginnings
for the UC System with the opening of the tenth campus in
Merced, the first American research university built in the
21 st century. The UC Merced Police Department was formally
founded in September 2005. The founding Chief of Police Rita
Spaur, hired March 2005, was joined by her Management staff,
July 2005 - Commander Michael Parish – Field Operations
Division, July 2005 - Ann Matthew-Administrative Services
Division, and Executive Assistant to the Chief, and August
2005 - Tamela Adkins- Support Services Division. Together
they began the mission of developing from the ground up, a
progressive, first-class university police department, rooted
in best practices, the highest standards, and staffed by a
diverse and highly qualified team.
While our website is not yet functional, you may access
information about the Merced Campus by visiting http://www.ucmerced.edu.
The primary roles of the Office of the Chief include personnel
actions, budget and finance, recruiting, hiring, response
to public concerns, coordination of policy issues and legal
matters, campus emergency management, and campus liaison for
Our inaugural department members include, Officers O’Herin,
Partridge, Her, Haworth, Botwright, and Navarette, Dispatchers
Roberts, Snowden, Rodriguez, Lyon and White, and student Community
Service Officers (CSO), Inouye, Radics, Smith, Siordia, Sims,
Ramirez Vu, Yum, Eldon, Mendez, Ramos, Wu. Each member of
the department was hired after competing with large pools
of applicants, because of their outstanding abilities and
expertise in their fields, impeccable ethics and character,
and their incomparable pioneering spirit to participate actively
as a team in developing the UC Merced Police Department.
The Field Operations Division is comprised of the Patrol
Bureau, Special Events, Training and Development, Community
Service Officers, and Crime Prevention. Each patrol officer
in addition to providing primary law enforcement services
to the campus, surrounding community, and our off campus properties
has responsibilities, which include overseeing the CSO and
Crime Prevention programs, one officer uses his expertise
as the training officer and liaison with California Police
Officers Standards and Training (POST). We anticipate our
full POST certification to be awarded at the April 2006 POST
Commission Meeting. Another officer provides range training,
and others are active in policy writing, or using their expertise
in gang recognition, and traffic enforcement.
Several events occurred during the first month of establishing
our police department, which required mutual-aid from our
sister UC Police Departments and local law enforcement. Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger visited UC Merced on September 1, 2005.
September 5, 2005, the UC Merced campus officially opened
with the Chancellor’s Convocation and Grand Opening
Ceremony, which was attended by approximately four thousand
people including University, local, State, and Federal dignitaries,
and on November 9th we provided dignitary protection for University
of California President Robert Dynes.
Since our opening on September 5, 2005, thru December 2005,
the patrol bureau has taken sixty-two reports, arrested seven
individuals, and issued eighteen citations.
Executive Assistant to the Chief manages the Administrative
Division, which provides clerical, fiscal, and administrative
support for the Department. The Division is also responsible
for all lost and found property, inventory management, and
the liaison for processing live scan for the UC Merced Human
Additionally, the Administrative Division Manager was responsible
for coordinating two large swearing-in ceremonies, with over
one-hundred invitees and attendees for each, and all logistical
needs in support of mutual aid for the campus opening and
the Governor’s visit.
The Support Services Division consists of the Communications
Bureau, Records Bureau, Evidence, and Campus Clery Compliance.
The UC Merced state-of the-art Communications Center is fully
operational due to the extraordinary efforts of the Support
Services Manager. In four months time the center received
approval from the California Department of Justice for access
to the California Law Enforcement System (CLETS) and was issued
an Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) with corresponding
mnemonics, the campus security cameras are installed and monitored
in the center, twenty-six blue lights, and the campus elevator
phones are connected and answered in the center. The dispatchers
are responsible for answering emergency, non-emergency calls
and the campus business line after hours and on weekends.
Since our Center opening on September 11, 2005, our dispatchers
answered five-thousand, eight-hundred and fifty-nine calls.
Additionally, our Center is not Computer Aided Dispatch equipped,
thus our dispatchers have the challenge of using manual means
to perform their tasks.
Only our Support Services Manager staffed the Records Bureau,
Evidence Unit and Clery Compliance Unit in 2005. Albeit the
need for additional staffing the Manager has initiated processes
and systems for each based on best practices.
The Records Bureau is responsible for managing and controlling
all police records for the UC Merced Police Department and
the Campus Clery Compliance. The Records Bureau processes,
distributes and maintains police records and citations. Additionally,
the bureau is responsible for coding police reports for use
in the Uniform Crime Report, UC System-wide Annual Report,
and Federal Jeanne Clery Act. All requests for copies of records
and the department’s daily press releases are viewed
and processed by the Support Services Manager to ensure proper
UC Merced Police Department is still in its early stages
of development, however we have laid the foundation for success
and we recognize our contribution to the quality of life and
a safe and secure environment for our community. We will meet
the challenge by continuing to develop a model police department
by shaping sustainable best practices in partnership with
our community, and by basing our thoughts and actions on respect,
integrity, service, excellence and professionalism.