Los Angeles

Program Highlights

Karl Ross, acting Chief of Police since 2003, was appointed to the permanent position of Chief of Police in January 2005. Shortly thereafter, UCPD began reporting to the newly created position of Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services. We are pleased to be included in this division and appreciate the support and additional resources being provided to insure the overall safety our community.

We provide law enforcement services to the campus and nearby neighborhoods. Additionally, we serve properties located throughout the Los Angeles region from student housing complexes in the Palms/Westdale area of Los Angeles to hospitals and clinics in Santa Monica. UCPD serves an estimated daily campus population of over 70,000 people including approximately 10,000 in on campus residence halls.

Two thousand and five saw a reduction in crime from the previous year. For Part I (more serious offenses) crime reports are down approximately 15 %, with the greatest reduction in larceny (theft) reports. For Part II crimes, reports are down approximately 3 1/2 percent.

Our successful community policing philosophy emphasizes involvement. Our accomplishments are dependent on the relationships established by officers and staff. We are involved in a number of problem solving partnerships for example, with the Center for Women and Men, LGBT Resource Center, Student Government, Athletics, Residential Life, Fraternity and Sorority Relations, the Dean of Students office and local neighbors.

Additional information regarding UCPD at UCLA can be found on our website, www.ucpd.ucla.edu.

The Chief of Police oversees the entire department, which is divided into three bureaus responsible for planning, day-to-day operations/programs, coordination, community involvement and accountability.

The Operations Bureau in 2005, under the command of a Lieutenant, combines the traditional police services of uniformed patrol officers and investigative follow-up. The Operations Bureau includes the Patrol Division, the Investigations Division, Field Training Officer Program, Workplace Violence/Threat Assessment and the Special Events Unit.

In 2005, we responded to 96,529 calls for service. Patrol officers are the first responders to our community’s seven beats that include both on and off campus locations. In addition to marked patrol cars, we also utilize motorcycles, bicycles and foot patrols. Uniform personnel play a key role in our community oriented policing efforts with the good will engendered by the lead officer program a critical component. Lead officers are assigned to areas such as, the two medical centers, off campus housing, fraternities and neighbors, and residence halls. Field training officers have an important function in patrol assuring that new officers at UCLA receive appropriate training and have an understanding of the campus culture.

Detective personnel were assigned 3,225 cases in 2005. A case that brought national media attention was the vandalism of three Robert Graham sculptures donated to UCLA and installed in a campus courtyard. UCPD investigated this crime, quickly apprehending a suspect. The sculptures are being restored. Increased calls are being received regarding computer, identity theft and other technology related crimes. One case involved a burglary ring where suspects using entry cards and varied account information gained access to individuals’ funds and property. In this case 11 felony counts were file against four suspects.

The workplace violence/threat assessment unit is an integral part of a campus-wide, multi-disciplinary team that collaborates to provide resolutions for incidents of workplace violence, personnel actions, and/or disciplinary actions. In 2005, approximately 35 instances of workplace violence were brought to our attention.

The Special Events Unit is responsible for coordinating, planning and implementing security services for a variety of events including concerts, intercollegiate, athletics, demonstrations, film shoots, cash escorts and VIP dignitary visits.

Investigations Bureau

The Support Operations Bureau in 2005, supervised by a lieutenant, is comprised of the following units: Community Service Officer Programs (CSO), Records, Communications, Property/Evidence, Hiring, Training, Backgrounds and Alarms.

The CSO Programs are a primary outlet for student participation in campus safety at UCLA. CSOs provide evening escorts throughout the year and a campus shuttle service during academic quarters. Currently, CSOs, stationed in and/or patrolling 13 campus buildings, all parking lots, and all libraries, act as the "eyes and ears" of the UCPD.

In 2005, the Communications Unit was fortunate to hire three dispatchers, filling many prolonged vacancies. We also are planning a major remodel of the Center with the assistance of state funding sources. The long awaited Mobile Digital Computer (MDC) project that places computers in the patrol cars has been reworked and a beta test initiated.

The Records Unit is responsible for maintaining records and reports, meeting legal mandates for statistical reporting and livescan fingerprint operations. The Hiring, Training and Backgrounds Unit works hard to insure a high quality of recruits in addition to insuring the quality of training programs and meeting POST requirements. This unit cosponsors with the FBI an annual violent crime seminar.

This bureau, supervised by a civilian administrator, is a resource for the department and community. The bureau's responsibilities include: crime prevention, crime analysis, public information and campus liaison, community education, grants management, special projects and last but not least, the university ambulance service (EMS).

Crime prevention efforts are designed to enhance public safety awareness and prevent crime through education, environmental design and outreach. In 2005, we provided crime prevention presentations/activities that reached approximately 13,000 students, faculty, and staff.

The Los Angeles area is an active media market often featuring news from UCLA. We are challenged to provide accurate and timely responses to complex issues. The UCPD web page is routinely updated and improved to provide information on UCPD and public safety to the community, which also includes the posting of crime briefs and safety alerts. The crime briefs notify the campus community about recent crime activity or trends in and/or around the campus. The safety alerts provide timely warnings about significant crimes impacting the campus. The Safety Listservs provide information to interested community members with one list dedicated to UCLA building coordinators. We were recognized for “Going Above and Beyond” by the California State Office of Traffic Safety for our public information program for the “Click It or Ticket” State and National seat belt campaign.

A crime analysis program priority is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the Police Department's crime suppression efforts, and provide the public with accurate information regarding crime at UCLA.

UCLA Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a student-run program, employing UCLA students trained as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to staff the campus ambulance. The program is currently in its 26th year of operation, serving the campus and surrounding areas. EMS responds to 9-1-1 medical calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2005, EMS responded, averaging less than three minutes for a call, to 1190 medical aid calls and transported 907 patients to the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, with complaints ranging from a sprained ankle to cardiac arrest. Aside from responding to medical emergencies, EMTs, serving as station officers, wrote approximately 700 of the department's police reports.

As a department, we also focused on infrastructure in 2005 – looking at internal systems, how we relate to the larger picture, our strategic objectives, accomplishments and where we need to proceed for future enhancements. The B&AS Division, of which we are now part, is consistently engaged in the practice of aligning services with campus academic priorities and improving services and products to meet the needs of campus customers. This priority is certainly complementary to our goals allowing us to provide a high level of service to our community in 2005 while improving internal structures.


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