Los Angeles

Program Highlights

The University of California Police Department Los Angeles had a busy year providing law enforcement services to the campus, nearby neighborhoods and 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 approximately 70,000 people including over 10,000 students living in on-campus residence halls.

2006 saw a reduction in serious crimes from the previous year. For Part I (serious offenses) crime reports were down approximately 6 percent. Violent Crime saw a decline of approximately 13% with significant decreases in rape and assault. Burglaries declined approximately 30 percent. One factor that led to the decrease was the arrest of individuals who were responsible for multiple crimes. The increase in Part II Crimes (less serious offenses) is concentrated in three primary areas. The largest increase was in liquor law offenses. Officers began an operation in the fall quarter using a “no tolerance” approach to the public use of alcohol, hoping to discourage alcohol abuse in the neighborhood, which resulted in an increase in the number of reports. UCPD participates in the campus Substance Abuse Committee and will be working with them to continue approaches to preventing substance abuse. A number of reports of an off campus “groper,” who was inappropriately grabbing females, then running away increased the calls for service for Part II sex offenses. The last area of increased reports was for fraud. This is a growing issue throughout law enforcement. Fortunately, there is a greater sensitivity regarding the importance of reporting fraud. A number of programs occurring throughout the year to educate campus constituencies in this area have been successful in preventing additional crimes and educating individuals regarding the appropriate steps to take if they are victimized.

Our successful community policing philosophy emphasizes campus involvement. Our accomplishments are dependent on the relationships established by officers and staff with the campus community members. 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, local neighbors and adjacent law enforcement agencies.

In May 2006 during the noon lunch hour, UCPD Officer Brian Washburn observed a 78-year-old male pedestrian having difficulty crossing the intersection of Le Conte Ave and Westwood Blvd as opposing vehicular traffic was maneuvering around him. Concerned for the pedestrian's safety, Officer Washburn came to his aid and assisted him across the intersection safely. While escorting the elderly man to his vehicle, the man suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Officer Washburn (a former EMT) radioed for assistance and immediately began CPR. Officer Lee Finch and an off-duty nurse arrived and assisted with the CPR until being relieved by EMS personnel. The man was successfully resuscitated and transported to the UCLA Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment.

Each year we select an "Officer of the Year" and "Non-Sworn Employee of the Year." Officer Gawin Gibson was chosen as Officer of the Year and Records Clerk Maureen Forman was chosen as Non-Sworn Employee of the Year.

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

Chief of Police Karl Ross oversees the entire department, which is divided into three bureaus responsible for planning, day-to-day operations/programs, coordination, community involvement and accountability. A new Assistant Chief of Police, Jeff Young, was hired in February 2006 who assists the chief and provides oversight of the Operations Bureau, Support Operations Bureau and the business units for the department.

The Operations Bureau, under the command of a captain, 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 2006, we responded to approximately 72,000 thousand 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 adjacent neighborhoods, 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.

Detectives were assigned approximately 2100 cases in 2006 including the following cases:

A female suspect was arrested for taking personal property from patients and visitors at the UCLA Medical Center. The medical center staff notified UCPD after the woman was observed inside several patient rooms. This was an excellent observation by hospital staff. Patrol officers directly linked the suspect to an earlier theft at a local hospital. Further investigation by detectives linked property from the suspect to other thefts from local hospitals. The suspect was linked to additional thefts from local hospitals. The suspect was a parolee who was charged with 4 counts of burglary.

Two subjects removed a Mezuzah and make anti-Semitic remarks. Patrol officers responded to the location and interviewed the victims, several witnesses and both suspects. The officers gathered photographs and other evidence. As a result, both suspects were arrested. The case was handled by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Hate Crime Unit.

A suspect was arrested in October for forgery/fraud at the UCLA Store after numerous incidents dating back to 2005. Fraudulent checks and identification were found in his possession. Video of some of the transactions showed a second suspect. The detectives determined that the second suspect was a UCLA student.

The student had not been to class but attended every UCLA sporting event. It was determined that this person used credit card fraud to host a tailgate party at a UCLA football game. Detectives were also able to determine that the student was renting an apartment under an assumed name. As more information came to light, UCPD Detectives contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, where links were made to a commercial crimes case involving identity theft. The UCPD and LAPD cases were combined for an 18 felony count case against the two 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 2006, 17 instances of workplace violence were brought to our attention. This is approximately 50% less then reported in 2005.

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 including visits by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Former President Bill Clinton, who participated in a program in 2006.

Investigations Bureau

The Support Operations Bureau, supervised by a captain, 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.

2006 was an exciting year for the Communications Unit. Dispatchers are enjoying the new professional look and feel of the Communications Center, which received a complete remodel. The remodel included sit-to-stand split-lift hydraulic workstations, flat panel monitors on adjustable arms, and new chairs at each workstation. The Communications Center was also painted and received new carpeting. Also new for 2006, in an effort to further assist the community, our Communications Center began receiving Phase I/II wireless E911 calls. Plans for a GIS mapping system are in development, with possible installation by late 2007 or early 2008.

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, external affairs and campus liaison, community education, portal operations, special projects and 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 2006, crime prevention presentations/activities directly reached approximately 9904 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.

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. Daily, weekly and monthly statistical analysis is provided to staff helping to direct crime-fighting activities and provide on-going crime prevention information to the campus community.

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 28th 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, with an average response time of less than four minutes. In 2006, EMS handled 1,258 medical aid calls, from which 947 patients were transported to the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center with conditions ranging from sprained ankles to cardiac arrest. Aside from responding to medical emergencies, EMTs, serving as station officers, wrote approximately 700 of the department's police reports.

 

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