Progress continues! 2005 was our year of new beginnings but 2006 was our year of growth and development.
Our newest technology, the police department website http://police.ucmerced.edu offers several different ways to communicate and an abundance of information about our department; “Daily Log” provides viewers with up to date police activities. “Report a Crime” allows our UC Merced community to report not in progress crimes on line; “Safety Matters” offers a wealth of information. 9-9-1-1 from campus, the campus “Blue” Lights, and our dispatch telephone 209-CAT-COPS (209-228-2677) are answered 24 hours every day of the year. Additionally, our e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, is checked frequently throughout the day and night, offering a means for non-emergency, non-priority communications, and our CAT-TIPS (209-228-8477) telephone allows for anonymous reporting of crimes or information.
The Chief of Police is responsible for overall leadership, direction, strategic and financial planning, and delivery of police, public safety and emergency management services to the University, its members and the surrounding community.
The Chief and all members of the department focused on the continued development of the department and the delivery of excellence in law enforcement, public safety and emergency management to the University, its members and the surrounding community.
UCPD Merced consists of the Office of the Chief and three Divisions. Our Field Operations Division oversees the day-to-day operations of our patrol, investigations, security, crime prevention and events functions. The Support Services Division consists of the Public Safety Dispatch Center, Records Bureau, Evidence Unit and Campus Clery Compliance. The Administrative Division provides support services to the entire department and oversees the department budget, recruiting and hiring, Lost and Found, inventory management and Live Scan services.
For detailed information about UCPD Merced and programs offered by our Department, please go to http://police.ucmerced.edu.
During 2006, the UC Merced Police Department Operations/Patrol Division performed progressive and proactive law enforcement. Officers patrolled the campus community and campus perimeter by foot, bicycle, electric car and patrol car, and performed follow up investigations on reported and self-initiated crimes.
Our Community Service Officers, who are student employees, augment patrol and perform other various duties for the police department.
Officers assisted the Merced County Sheriff’s Department with calls-for-service at Lake Yosemite, a county park bordering UC property. Officers also assisted the Merced Police Department with DUI checkpoints.
Officers provided programming for Alcohol/DUI, sexual assault and computer crime awareness. Officers also, provided alternatives to drinking during the week of Halloween by scheduling and directing alcohol/drug free activities.
The UC Merced Police Department developed a Mentor Program, which focuses on the fourth grade class of a local, underserved community. Our mentors are UC students who are supervised by police officers. Our goal is to make these young children aware that attending college is a realistic and much needed part of their future.
In addition to required POST training, UC Merced Police Officers attended other Post and non-Post training.
All UC Merced founding police officers are experienced lateral officers. Collectively all sworn members of this department worked on finalizing policies, procedures and protocols for our founding department.
The Administrative Division provides clerical and administrative support for the UC Merced Police Department. This includes oral and written communications, maintenance of complex calendars, and preparation of materials for meetings, responding to public requests for general information, preparing and submitting purchasing requisitions, and handling all confidential police department files. The Division is also responsible for all lost and found property, inventory and the liaison for processing live scan for the UC Merced Human Resources.
Recruitment and Retention
In 2006, our department achieved full allocated staffing of 15 personnel. This included four management staff, 6 police officers and 5 dispatchers. In addition, assisting are 12 part-time staff, student assistants, (Community Service Officers) were recruited and hired.
The Support Services Division consists of the Public Safety Dispatch Center, Records Bureau, Evidence Unit and Campus Clery Compliance experienced many “firsts” during 2006. Department of Justice activated the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) providing direct access to their law enforcement database. The campus-wide fire alarm annunciator panel was installed and activated. It is monitored by Communications personnel. 9-1-1 Automatic Location Identifier (ALI) information was added to each individual campus telephone line. This project is approximately 85% complete. As the fall semester quickly approached, five additional cameras and Blue Lights were activated further enhancing campus safety and security. The police department “media log” became automated. The information entered by Communications personnel posts instantly on the police department website. Through this progression, dispatchers answered a total of fifty nine thousand, two hundred and eighty three incoming phone calls. Imagine taking information from each one of these callers, in most instances sending an officer and then documenting the details all manually. Our Communications personnel continue to be truly amazing!
The Support Services Manager staffed the Records Bureau, Evidence Unit, Clery Compliance Unit and served as the lead for the 800 MHz re-banding effort involving UC Merced, Motorola and Sprint-Nextel.
In 2006, the Records Bureau began forwarding Uniform Crime Report statistics to Department of Justice. The police department received access to the District Attorney’s “Case Browse” file. This on-line database provides current defendant/case disposition. The Records Bureau ensured procedures were put into place for classifying incoming reports to meet DOJ/Annual Systemwide reporting requirements. Guidelines were created for processing reports to the District Attorney and steps were created for requesting copies of police reports. The Records Bureau is not automated. Therefore, all statistics collected, compiled and stored are done so manually.
The Evidence Unit acquired a floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall chain link fence for the evidence room. This fence further enhances the preservation of evidence by providing an additional barrier between departmental personnel and collected and stored evidence.
UC Merced Police Department continues to grow and develop. Whether creating a policy or procedure, seeking funds to purchase equipment or providing safety/security input at a community event, each employee takes an active role in meeting these challenges. Our mission statement guides and directs us toward developing a model police department that serves as the essential “safety” link between our campus community, local neighborhoods and county entities.