Berkeley

Program Highlights

Victoria Harrison, Executive Director of Public Safety & Transportation, has been the Chief of Police at the University of California in Berkeley, California since 1990. Chief Harrison is also the senior Police Chief for the Systemwide University of California Police Department and has served as the Systemwide Coordinator for three years. As Chief, her leadership focuses on the delivery of quality law enforcement services to the University, its members and the surrounding community.

UCPD Berkeley is composed of the Office of the Chief and three Divisions. Our Field Operations Division oversees the day-to-day operations of our patrol, investigations, security and events functions. The Safety and Security Division manages the Department's Crime Prevention Programs. The Services Division provides support services to the entire Department.

For detailed information about UCPD and programs offered by our Department, please go to http://police.berkeley.edu.

The Office of the Chief consists of the Budget Manager, the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police and the Administrative Lieutenant, all who report directly to Chief Harrison. The Administrative Lieutenant, Lt. Adan Tejada, is primarily responsible for personnel actions, payroll and support, ongoing recruiting, hiring, training and employee development, response to public concerns and oversight of internal investigations.

In 2005, the Office of the Chief continued ongoing efforts to recruit and hire excellent new employees, both sworn and non-sworn. Key accomplishments in 2005 include: hiring 7 police trainees that began POST training, hiring 2 lateral/academy grad police officers one of whom won the top academic award at Evergreen Academy, hiring 5 public safety dispatchers, a records supervisor, a records technician and a security patrol officer.

Field Operations Division

The Field Operations Division, led by Captain Mitch Celaya, consists of the Patrol Bureau, Investigations Bureau and the Events Bureau. The Field Operations Division primarily represents the uniform and investigative personnel of the Police Department.

Patrol Bureau

The Patrol Bureau, managed by Lt. Sara Ferrandini, provides primary and traditional law enforcement services to the Berkeley Campus and nearby community. Using a combination of mobile patrols (car, motorcycle and specialized vehicles), bicycles, foot patrol and directed patrol activities, the Bureau serves an estimated population of 50,000 people, including over 9,000 residents of campus residential facilities. In 2005, the Patrol Officers made over 800 arrests, issued 2,640 citations for vehicle code violations, and wrote 2,379 Field Interview Cards. In addition, officers documented 688 assists to other law enforcement agencies.

The Patrol Bureau participates in the jointly staffed Berkeley Telegraph Avenue Program and oversees the Campus Building Watch Program. Patrol personnel actively serve the Department in other areas such as our Negotiations and Entry Team (NET), Bomb Squad, and the Special Response Unit, which includes Dignitary Protection and a specialized Arrest Team.

Criminal Investigations Bureau

A Sergeant and 5 Detectives staff the Criminal Investigations Bureau. The Bureau conducts initial investigations as well as follow-up investigations from cases generated by the Patrol Bureau for crimes on University properties and the Office of the President facilities. The Bureau also works closely with other University departments that have uncovered criminal activity during the course of routine audits and inspections.

Our Threat Management Unit reviews all cases involving threatening behavior, including stalking, intimidation, and harassing telephone calls, e-mails, or letters, as well as cases of domestic violence. The Unit also provides training both to the Department and to the campus community on these topics.

The Events Bureau is managed by Lt. Doug Wing who oversees our Homeland Security activities, Special Events Management, the Security Patrol Officer Program (SPO) and Residential Student Program (RSP).

UCPD continues to lead and coordinate campus homeland security response, and responds to the ongoing concerns of possible terrorist activities. Lt. Wing is the Homeland Security Coordinator and manages homeland security strategies and responses. In addition to drafting, submitting, and managing OHS grants, the Events Bureau Lieutenant represents the University at the Bay Area Threat Working Group (BATWnG), the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center (CATIC) and other Anti-Terrorism meetings.

Lt. Wing coordinates all Campus Special Events and works closely with other campus departments and student groups to coordinate, plan, advise and staff special events. This year the Special Events unit staffed and processed over 198 events on campus. These events consisted of several domestic and foreign dignitary visits, controversial speakers, dances, concerts, conferences, mutual aid requests, and athletic events.

Our SPO Program provides non-sworn, uniformed officers at University facilities both on and off of the central campus. Their primary responsibility is to provide security, protect University employees and safeguard University property. They also provide other roles that include crime scene video technicians, field evidence collection and special event staffing. In 2005, the SPO program provided security coverage at eight (8) sites.

The Residential Student Program (RSP) provides coordination, liaison and support for University's Residential Student Services programs (RSSP) in reducing crime in University residence halls and family housing units. A police sergeant is assigned to work closely with RSSP and manages the Residential Security Patrol Program, Security Monitor Program and Residential Student Liaison Officer Program.

The Safety & Security Division is managed by Captain Guillermo Beckford and is composed of the Crime Prevention Unit, Marketing & Publications Unit and the Office of Emergency Preparedness. Captain Beckford also provides command oversight for the UCPD Bomb Team.

The Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) underwent a major reorganization in 2005 that allowed the Unit to focus attention to the campus needs for safety and security programs. CPU is staffed with one sergeant, one officer and four civilians. CPU is responsible for providing continuing education to our constantly changing campus community and offers programs at all new student orientation sessions as well as ongoing outreach to all members of our community. The CPU is also responsible for the dissemination of Crime Alerts as required by the "Jeanne Clery Act.

With special training in the prevention of crime through environmental design, members of CPU are responsible for the ongoing security of campus facilities through initial survey, plan review and management of installation of equipment in new and renovated structures. CPU strives to ensure that state-of-the-art technologies, including modern video, alarm and access systems are employed in protecting University facilities.

The Community Service Officer (CSO) Program is staffed by a cadre of up to 70 part-time student employees. In 2005 the CSOs performed 8,716 BearWALK escorts and 28,955 security checks. The CSOs are also responsible for providing day and evening foot and bicycle patrols on campus and in the wooded, mountainous area on the east end of campus, assisting various units within the department and providing security for special events on the campus. Activities provide a high-profile uniformed presence during the hours of darkness, and positively impacted the perception of safety for the entire campus.

The Marketing & Publications unit continues to provide an extensive range of marketing support to the Public Safety and Transportation department, including marketing planning, design and production of print publications, maintenance of departmental web sites, outreach events, market research surveys, sales promotions, signage programs, department identity and special projects. In 2005 the unit produced the UCPD Systemwide Annual Report and Crime Statistics, redesigned and uploaded the PS&T websites, and improved distribution of safety information via enhancements to Safety Counts.

In 2005, the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) conducted an earthquake response exercise entitled Shockwave 2005. The exercise involved the campus EOC, nine DOCs and over 320 participants as we simulated our response to an earthquake along the east bay's Hayward fault. Also in 2005, OEP completely revised the Emergency Operations Plan for the University to align it with the emerging National Incident Management System. The OEP applied for and received a $67,000 grant from FEMA to develop an on-line business resumption planning tool for departments to use in their planning efforts. It also won two Pre-Disaster fire mitigation grants from FEMA totaling $572,000 and a $43,000 grant from the Bureau of Land Management for additional work in 2006-09. The OEP also developed $118,000 funding source from PG&E for fuels work during the recent fiscal year.

The University of California Berkeley's nationally accredited Bomb Team, staffed with a commander and six bomb technicians, has been in existence for 35 years. In addition to serving the campus, we provide Bomb Team service to 29 different agencies with which UCPD has a Memorandum of Understanding. In 2005, the Team went on 33 calls for service of which 20 were on campus. In 2005, the Team fulfilled the FBI mandated monthly training requirements and received over 80 hours of training. Training included a day long, multi-agency training session at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. We provided explosive awareness training to outside organizations on 4 occasions. In 2005 one team member was subpoenaed to testify as an Expert Witness on bomb related matters.

The Services Division is managed by Captain Margo Bennett and consists of UCPD's Communications Center, Records Management System and Facility/Property Management. Within the Services Division are two additional units, Business Services Unit and Information Systems Unit, which provide specialized support to PS&T.

Lt. Jim West manages the UCPD Communications and Records Units. The Communications Unit receives and dispatches all calls through our Computer Aided Dispatch system. This year, Communications trained new dispatchers while continuing to give excellent service to our campus community. Communications handled over 14,701 emergency calls (up 10%) and more than 68,336 incidents (up 5%) through our Computer Aided Dispatch System. Our Records Unit manages the Department's police records and the Campus fingerprinting process. This year, we hired a new supervisor to lead the Unit. Their workload consists of processing 5,430 case reports, 2,810 moving and bike citations and 2,678 fingerprints for UC applicants and the general public. For a look at the Departments Daily Activity Bulletin please go to http://police.berkeley.edu/.

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