Irvine

Program Highlights


Paul Henisey is the Chief of Police at the University of California Irvine Police Department and joined by Jeffrey Hutchison – Assistant Chief, Sergeant Shaun Devlin – Investigations Division, Sergeant Steve Monsanto – Administrative Sergeant, Marla Purcell – Management Services Officer/Administrative Unit, Linda Ochaita – Dispatch Supervisor/Communications Division, Martha Thomas – Records Manager and Cecilia De La Cruz – CSO Coordinator. Our team is committed to providing the highest quality in public safety and policing services and ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for the entire UC Irvine community.

For more information about the University of California, Irvine Police Department, visit our website at http://www.police.uci.edu.
Patrol Division

The primary responsibility of the patrol division of the UCI Police Department is to provide police services at the main campus. In addition, uniform officers respond to the UCI Medical Center for reports of major crimes, 24/7. The primary function of the personnel assigned to the Patrol Division is to provide a uniformed response to calls for service, enforce traffic laws, provide safety presentations to the campus community, assist other divisions as needed and to act as a visible deterrent to crime. Patrol officers utilize a community-oriented approach to law enforcement, involving the campus community to assist in crime prevention. Officers patrol the campus by use of marked and unmarked patrol cars, police motorcycles, off-road equipped bicycles and on foot.

This past year, the Police Department accomplished several goals directly affecting the patrol division. The department obtained a UASI grant to equip seven patrol vehicles with mobile data computers, replaced our duty weapons with .40 caliber Glocks, purchased new ballistic vests for all officers and additional less lethal weapons – 40mm, Tasers and pepperball. The department’s phase II remodel project was completed in 2006 and included a new prisoner processing area and upgraded officer locker rooms. The department’s Command Trailer was retrofitted as an alternate dispatch center with two complete dispatch workstations. UCIPD hired three patrol officers, promoted a detective to patrol sergeant, appointed an officer to patrol corporal and named four new FTOs. The department sent one sergeant to the Sherman Block Leadership Institute (SLI) course. Some of this year’s noteworthy training our sworn personnel received included the following: Command Officer’s Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction, Emergency Response to Terrorism, DRE re-certification, Gang Awareness, “Hate Crimes Laws: Nuts and Bolts”, Homicide Investigations, the Orange County Human Rights Organization’s “Human Relations 101” course, Special Events Management for Law Enforcement, Racial Profiling Train-the-Trainer, Supervisor’s Team Training Facilitation, Tools for Tolerance, Advance Criminal Investigations, Bicycle Patrol, Dignitary Security and Campus Public Safety Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Additionally, the patrol division took part in several enforcement activities working in conjunction with other surrounding Orange County law enforcement agencies. One of these enforcement details included the “Click-It Or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement program. Within the UCPD system, UC Irvine Police Department provided mutual aid for a variety of events posing potential encounters with large crowds at UCLA, UCSC, UCSB and UCSD. UCIPD participated in the Irvine “Red Ribbon” Pizza Delivery Night, “Tip- A-Cop” Night, Baker-to-Vegas relay, Special Olympics Torch Run, UCI “Car Show on the Green”, UCI Police Department/UCI Medical Center Teddy Bear Drive and the Student Academic Advancement Services student-parent orientation sessions. The patrol division experienced another year of increased calls for service and total arrests and a decrease in total crimes.

The Investigations Division is comprised of a Detective Sergeant and two Detectives. The Investigations Division conducts criminal investigations of all crimes occurring on the UC Irvine Campus and the UCI Medical Center located in the City of Orange. The UCI Medical Center Detective acts as a liaison between the police department and the hospital security department, and additionally provides crime prevention strategies and advanced officer training to the hospital security staff. The UC Irvine Campus Detective investigates all crimes committed on campus including follow-up on hit and run traffic collision reports. The unit also acts as the police department court liaison and prepares all crime reports for filing at the local District Attorney’s Office.

The Detective unit provided the UC Irvine Patrol Division with uniform patrol assistance when large campus demonstrations required additional staffing. Detectives assigned to the unit received POST approved training in the areas of advanced criminal investigation, interview and interrogation, homicide investigation, computer crimes, and search warrant service. The unit served a record number of warrant services to residential and commercial locations in Orange and Los Angeles County. Major arrests for the year consisted of the apprehension of several career property crime criminals who were successfully charged and prosecuted on multiple felony criminal counts. Because of these significant arrests and convictions, thousands of dollars in recovered stolen property and monetary reimbursement to the University from these convicted suspects was collected.

The unit purchased covert property marking equipment and a video surveillance package, which will be used during investigations involving theft of University and privately owned property.

The Communications Division operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is run by the Dispatch Supervisor, 6 full-time Dispatchers and 3 part-time Dispatchers.

The UC Irvine Communications Center is fully operational with state-of-the art equipment and inter-operative capabilities. The dispatchers are responsible for answering business lines, emergency, non-emergency calls, as well as calls for service for the UCI Medical Center. They are also responsible for monitoring the security alarms, blue lights and campus elevator phones. Any items reported lost, stolen, found or located are entered by Dispatch into the California Law Enforcement System (CLETS). In 2006 Dispatch processed 17,923 campus incidents and 14,511 medical center incidents. They answered 27,173 campus calls and 20,268 medical center calls. All calls for service were dispatched utilizing the 800 Mhz radio systems.

Crime Prevention Unit

The Administrative Division is dedicated to providing support to the PD management team. The Management Services Officer oversees the Administrative Division. The division includes the Records Manager and Administrative Assistants. The primary functions of the division include handling personnel and benefits matters, responding to the concerns of the public, providing fingerprinting services, bicycle licensing and maintaining the Lost and Found Property. In addition, the division assists with the recruiting and hiring processes of Police Officers, Administrative Staff, Dispatchers, Community Service Officers and Interns. The division also plays an active role in budget and purchasing matters.


In 2006 the CSO Program continued to expand its roles and duties to continue to meet the needs of the campus community and the UCI Police Department. By providing specialized services to the campus community, the CSO Program has been able to develop strong ties with various campus departments. CSO’s have also continued to serve as essential support personnel for the UCI Police Department. In late 2006 a CSO Bicycle Patrol Program was established.

Through the use of website crime bulletins, and weekly crime logs, the CSO Program has taken an active role in informing and educating the campus community. This has allowed the Police Department to increase their visibility to the campus community. These services provide the campus with valuable information in reference to safety awareness, crime prevention tips, and criminal activity on campus.

The Security Department continues to staff the Program with a Director, Administrative Lieutenant, Sergeants, Corporals and Officers (32 FTE). Construction continues on the New University Hospital (NUH) with a large portion of the ‘skin’ in place; carpenters will start building inside in mid-2007. The Security Department provided representation in many planning committees or task forces related to Emergency Management or Terrorism Response Training to include the Medical Center's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)/Bioterrorism Task Force, and Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEWG) and Private Sector Terrorism Response Group (PSTRG). Additionally, positive working relationships were continued with both UCI Police Department and Orange Police Department’s Terrorism Liaison Officers (TLO). Scott Martin, Director, and Lt. Greg Lawritson, continue to hold Chairman and Membership Chair, respectively, positions with the Orange County Healthcare Security Network (OCHSN). The Medical Center participated in disaster exercises as required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Highlights this year included County and State Wide Medical and Health Disaster exercises with themes associated with earthquake response and improving upon inter-operability. The Work Place Violence Response Team continued to meet on events requiring threat assessments and/or threat management strategies.

 

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