Victoria L. Harrison, Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Safety & Transportation, has been the Chief of Police at the University of California in Berkeley, California since 1990 and is the senior Police Chief for the Systemwide University of California Police Department. 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, the Assistant Chief and two Divisions. The Office of the Chief reports directly to Chief Harrison.
In 2006, UCPD created the Assistant Chief’s position, which was filled by Mitchell J. Celaya. The Field Operations Division and the Services Division report directly to the Assistant Chief, as does the Marketing and Publications Unit. Our Field Operations Division oversees the day-to-day operations of our patrol, investigations and events functions. The Services Division provides support services to the Department, manages the Department’s Crime Prevention Programs and oversees the Security Officer Program. The Marketing & Publications Unit continues to provide an extensive range of marketing support to the Police 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.
2006 was the final year for Public Safety & Transportation as combined organization. Mid-year, the Director’s position for Parking & Transportation became vacant for a significant period of time. UCPD managers stepped in and provided Parking & Transportation with continuous leadership for the remainder of the year. Beginning in January 2007, a new director for Parking & Transportation was named and the organization was moved to Business and Administrative Services.
For detailed information about UCPD and programs offered by our Department, please go to http://police.berkeley.edu/index.html.
The Office of the Chief consists of the Budget Manager, the Business Services Manager, the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police and the Administrative Lieutenant, all who report directly to Chief Harrison. The Administrative Lieutenant Adan Tejada, is primarily responsible for personnel actions, payroll and support; ongoing recruiting, hiring, training and employee development; and response to public concerns and oversight of internal investigations.
In 2006, the Office of the Chief continued ongoing efforts to recruit and hire excellent new employees, both sworn and non-sworn. Key accomplishments in 2006 include: hiring 2 police trainees that began POST training, 1 lateral police officer and 1 lateral sergeant, 1 records technician, 1 public safety dispatcher and 1 security patrol officer.
The Field Operations Division, led by Captain Guillermo Beckford, 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. Captain Beckford provides command oversight for the UCPD Bomb Team, Negotiations and Entry Team and for the Office of Emergency Preparedness.
The Patrol Bureau, managed by Lieutenant Rick Dillard, 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 2006, the Patrol Officers made over 1,000 arrests, issued 2,725 citations for vehicle code violations and wrote 1,835 Field Interview cards. In addition, officers documented 587 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.
A Sergeant and 5 Detectives staff the Criminal Investigations Bureau, which reports to the Events Lieutenant. 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 Lieutenant Doug Wing who oversees our Homeland Security activities, Special Events Management, and the Residential Student Program (RSP). UCPD continues to be the lead in coordinating and strategizing the campus response to homeland security and the ongoing concerns of a possible terrorist threat. In addition to drafting, submitting, and managing OHS grants, the Events Bureau Lieutenant represents the University at the Bay Area Threat Working Group (BATWG), the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center (CATIC) and other Anti-Terrorism meetings.
Lieutenant Wing coordinates all Campus Special Events and works closely with other campus departments and student groups to plan, advise and staff special events. This year the Special Events unit staffed and processed 199 events on campus. These events consisted of several domestic and foreign dignitary visits, controversial speakers, dances, concerts, conferences, concerts, mutual aid requests and athletic events.
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.
In 2006, the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) conducted Shockwave Centennial, an earthquake simulation involving 5 regional partners in a simulated response to a replay of the magnitude 8.3 San Francisco earthquake that occurred in 1906. The exercise involved simultaneous activation of the regional partner’s EOCs and participation of over 260 individuals.
Based on the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina, OEP worked with the campus to create a web based emergency communications tool, PEOPLE LOCATOR, housed at UCLA, which enables faculty/staff/students to communicate via a web-based bulletin board, using "wikitechnology". OEP also manages the campus’s 1,000 acre natural preserve in the Berkeley hills for fire safety. In 2006, four heavy fuels projects were accomplished, resulting in the removal of 5,065 eucalyptus trees on 29 acres of campus wildlands. OEP collaborated with 2 regional partners to win a FEMA 2006 Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant.
The University of California Berkeley’s nationally accredited Bomb Team, staffed with a commander and six bomb technicians, has been in existence for 36 years and provides service to the campus and 29 agencies with which UCPD has a Memorandum of Understanding. In 2006, the Team went on 18 calls for service of which 7 were on campus. In 2006 we trained in device analysis and render-safe procedures, both hands-on and with the Andros robot, and conducted joint training sessions with the Berkeley Police Department Bomb Team. In the fall of 2006 two assistant technicians successfully completed a six week certification course at the joint FBI/US Army school in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2006 one team member was subpoenaed to testify as an Expert Witness on bomb related matters. As in the past, we continued to provide explosive awareness training to outside organizations.
The Services Division is managed by Captain Margo Bennett and consists of UCPD’s Crime Prevention Unit, Community Service Officer Program, Communications Center and Records Management System. Within the Services Division is the Information Systems Unit, which manages the specialized computer support to the police department. Also a part of the Services Division is the Facility/Property Management Unit, which oversees property, evidence and facility management.
The Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) provides day-to-day coordination for UCPD 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 2006, the CSOs performed 8,001 BearWALK escorts and 27,205 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 coordinated safety efforts for the entire campus.
Lieutenant 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 11,820 emergency calls and dispatched 99.6% of these calls within our benchmark of 90 seconds. Our Records Unit manages the Department’s police records and the campus fingerprinting process. Their workload consists of processing 5,844 case reports, 2,764 moving and bike citations and 2,969 fingerprints for UC applicants and the general public. For a look at the Departments Daily Activity Bulletin please go to http://police.berkeley.edu/.
Security Patrol Officer Unit
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 2006, the SPO program provided security coverage at eight (8) sites.