The Office of the Chief consists of one patrol captain, two
patrol lieutenants, two administrative lieutenants, and four
civilian managers. A second captain will be recruited in 2006.
On May 16, 2005, a new police chief, Annette M. Spicuzza,
joined us. She served as the Assistant Chief of Police for
approximately five years with the University of Washington,
located in Seattle. Her previous 15 years of experience was
with municipalities in Washington and with the Chicago Police
Department. She is the first female Chief of Police at UC
For further information about the UC Davis Police Department’s
programs, check our Website at www.police.ucdavis.edu.
The Police Annex building is opening in early 2006, adjacent
to the current Police Department. It will house the Administrative
Division, Informational Technology, Detectives, Crime Prevention,
and the Campus Violence Prevention Program.
Sergeant Barry Swartwood received the UC System wide Medal
of Valor, and Lieutenant Nader Oweis and Officer Ruben Arias
received the Distinguished Service Medal for their roles in
the shooting incident on campus in December 2004. Dispatchers
Jeff Rott and Tamar Rein were awarded the Distinguished Service
Commendation. Sergeant Paul Henoch and Officer Franci Abrahams
also received the UC Systemwide Medal of Valor for their apprehension
of a fleeing auto thief who rammed their police car.
Department staff and officers participated in the “Golden
Guardian” Emergency Preparedness drill at the UC Davis
Medical Center this past year. UC Davis also recruited a new
emergency manager who works closely with the Department on
A lieutenant oversees the recruitment, hiring, and retention
responsibilities, training manager function, and management
of the Complaint Investigation Unit. Recruitments continue
to pose challenges for our staffing. Our recruitment efforts
have been ongoing as we recruit for several open positions.
We hired one police trainee who is attending the Sacramento
Police Academy and promoted two internal candidates to the
rank of Lieutenant in 2005. The Training Unit coordinated
hundreds of hours of training for sworn and civilian staff.
We are planning for a comprehensive training calendar to remain
in compliance with POST regulations.
The Campus Violence Prevention Program provides education,
advocacy, and outreach about the sexual violence, stalking,
and relationship violence. The primary mission is to eliminate
these forms of violence and ensure support services are available
Immediate, confidential and supportive response to survivors
is a priority. Staff supports survivors through initial medical
evaluation, legal and police procedures, and academic and
housing issues. Confidential crisis intervention and advocacy
is available to both recent survivors and those working to
recover from a past incident.
In 2005, the University of California, Davis, Campus Violence
Prevention Program was awarded a federal grant from the Office
on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice.
The grant has allowed us to develop a comprehensive program
to prevent and respond to violence against women on campus.
For more information about the CVPP grant project visit voicesnotvictims.org
A lieutenant manages the Investigations, Crime Prevention,
Property and Evidence and Lost and Found Units. Investigations
Unit detectives investigate a variety of crimes on campus
and at the UC Davis Medical Center. The unit is comprised
of a Detective Sergeant and three detectives. One detective
serves on the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force
and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. One detective is responsible
for investigating crimes against women as part of UC Davis
Police Department’s participation in a federal "Violence
Against Women" program, They serve various Dignitary
Protection details for visiting dignitaries to the University.
The detectives also provide instruction to the department
and the community in the Citizen’s Academy, Rape Aggression
Defense, CPR/1st Aid, Range, and Field Training Officer programs.
A Crime Prevention specialist coordinates with members of
the CVPP and other campus and Medical Center groups to provide
consulting, security advisement, and prevention presentations.
She worked extremely hard this past year to coordinate and
present the Department’s first Citizen Academy which
is scheduled to be held in early 2006.
The Lost and Found Unit is the custodian for all items found
and turned in by various departments on campus. The Property
and Evidence Unit is responsible for maintaining, storing,
and disposing of all evidence taken into police custody. Property
and Evidence staff work closely with the Patrol Division and
Detective Unit, Sacramento County Crime Lab and the California
Department of Justice Crime Lab when evidence must be analyzed
prior to court proceedings. A new property and evidence facility
adjacent to the Police Department will be located in the new
The Patrol Operations Division is divided into the UC Davis
Campus Patrol Division located in Davis, CA. and the UC Davis
Medical Center Patrol Division, a Level 1 trauma hospital
located in Sacramento, CA. Each location has four patrol teams,
a sergeant and three officers, and operates on 3/12 schedules.
On the UC Davis Campus, a lieutenant oversees the patrol teams,
Fleet Management, Field Training Program, Traffic Team, Range
Unit, Bicycle Patrol Team, Special Events, and Aggie Host
Student Patrol. The Aggie Hosts were especially active in
2005, supporting 350 on-campus events. Other campus patrol
team activities include security planning at the National
Primate Research Center, traffic management, planning, and
project input, partnership with the Cowell Student Health
Center and Davis Police with a Safe Party Initiative, Police-Community
Forums with students, staff and faculty, and the Public Information
The UC Davis Medical Center lieutenant oversees the patrol
teams, 11 Protective Service Officers, Defensive Tactics and
Less Lethal Program, Critical Incident Negotiations Team,
Canine Unit, and the McClellan Nuclear Radiation Center.
Other activities include participation in the Golden Guardian
multi-agency terrorism response exercise presented by the
Office of Homeland Security and state and local authorities,
equipment management and inventory, traffic management of
adjacent and internal public roadways, hospital and neighborhood
safety meetings, and presentation of a K-9 competition at
the UC Davis Annual Picnic Day.
Our Communications and Records Manager is responsible for
eleven dispatchers and three Records staff. We are working
with a Visionair CAD and RMS system and are still implementing
some of its functions. The Communications Center dispatches
all calls for the campus and Medical Center, including Fire
Department calls, as well as alarm response and requests for
campus escorts for the Aggie Hosts. This unit historically
included the IT unit; implementation of a combined business
office for both Police and Fire has resulted in the IT unit
being relocated under the Fire Department structure and serving