The UCLA Police Department had another busy year providing law enforcement services to the campus, two medical centers, university housing, nearby neighborhoods and properties located throughout the greater Los Angeles area. These properties include student housing complexes in the Palms/Westdale area of Los Angeles and medical centers and clinics in Santa Monica. UCPD serves an estimated daily campus population of over 70,000 people including over 9,500 students living in on-campus residence halls.
2008 saw a reduction in serious crimes from the previous year. For Part I (serious offenses) reported crimes were down approximately 7% which follows the trend of an 8% decrease in 2007 from 2006. Reported rapes increased from those reported in 2007. Of the 12 reported rapes, 8 were committed by someone known to the victim/survivor.
Assaults declined approximately 14%. Burglaries by unlawful entry declined approximately 46.2 percent. One factor that led to the decrease was the arrest of individuals who were responsible for multiple crimes.
Robberies are another example where there was an apparent substantial increase in raw numbers. However, 13 of those robberies were cleared by the arrest by UCPD of 3 suspects who were responsible for a significant portion of the total robberies reported. Overall, the arrests of 7 suspects by UCPD led to clearing 17 robbery cases.
For the third year, officers repeated a program in the fall quarter using a “zero tolerance” approach to the public consumption of alcohol, hoping to discourage alcohol abuse in the local neighborhood adjacent to campus which houses a large number of students. For this year’s operation, UCPD gathered a number of partners and focused on outreach and education in addition to enforcement. UCPD participates in many campus efforts centered on substance abuse and has founded a subcommittee on harm reduction.
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, local neighbors and adjacent law enforcement agencies.
This year we look forward to the completion of our new state-of-the-art police building and the subsequent move into our new home.
Additional information regarding the UCLA Police Department can be found on our website, www.ucpd.ucla.edu.
Chief of Police Karl Ross oversees the UCLA Police Department and he serves as the Coordinator of Police Services for the University of California Police Department campuses. The UCLA Police Department is divided into three bureaus responsible for planning, day-to-day operations and programs, coordination of events, community involvement and accountability.
Assistant Chief of Police, Jeff Young assists the chief and provides oversight of the Operations Bureau, Support Operations Bureau and the business units for the department.
The Field Operations Bureaus, under the command of Captain John Adams, combines the traditional police services of uniformed patrol officers and investigative follow-up. The Operations Bureau includes the Patrol Division, the Detective Division, the Field Training Officer Program, Workplace Violence/Threat Assessment and the Special Events & Intelligence Unit.
In 2008, we responded to approximately 74, 125 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, sororities and adjacent neighborhoods, and residence halls. Field Training Officers have an important function in patrol assuring that new officers at UCLA receive significant training so they develop an understanding of the campus culture and law enforcement’s role.
The Workplace Violence/Threat Assessment Unit is an integral part of a campuswide, multi-disciplinary team that collaborates to provide resolutions for incidents of workplace violence, personnel actions and/or disciplinary actions. In 2008, 24 instances of workplace violence were brought to our attention. This is approximately 41% more then reported in 2007.
The Special Events & Intelligence Unit is responsible for coordinating, planning and implementing security services for a variety of events including concerts, intercollegiate, sporting events, debates, demonstrations, mutual aid, film shoots, cash escorts and VIP dignitary visits including visits by former First Lady Nancy Reagan, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Michelle Obama.
The Support Operations Bureau, supervised by Captain Manny Garza, is comprised of the following units: Community Service Officer Programs (CSO), Records Division, Communications Center, Property and Evidence Unit, Training and Personnel, 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 9 campus buildings, all residence halls, all parking lots and all libraries, act as the "eyes and ears" of UCPD.
The Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing quality services to students, staff, faculty and visitors to the area. Dispatchers receive and relay routine and emergency calls for assistance via telephone, radio and computer terminals for police, fire, medical aid, hazardous materials, hospital security, parking enforcement, facilities and allied agency incidents. The Dispatchers also monitor alarm data for intrusion, robbery, fire and unknown trouble alarm systems. The Communications Center handled 74,125 calls for service and 8335 9-1-1 calls out a total of 114,166 telephone calls received.
The Records Division is responsible for processing and maintaining records and reports, meeting legal mandates for statistical reporting and LiveScan fingerprint operations. The Records Division has a direct role in providing the public with copies of police reports and fingerprinting services.
The Personnel and Training Unit continues to work hard to ensure a high quality of police officer and public safety dispatcher applicants are recruited, processed and hired. Additionally, the unit ensures that the department staff and officers receive quality training that provides specialized training for their positions and career development as well as training that meets POST requirements and legislative mandates. This unit co-sponsors an annual Violent Crime Analysis Seminar with the FBI.
This bureau, managed by Director Nancy Greenstein, is a resource for the department and community. The bureau's responsibilities include the Crime Prevention Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, Public Information, External Affairs and Campus Liaison, community education, department website portal operations, special projects, the Lead Officer Program, the Mentor Program and the UCPD Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and its ambulances.
Crime prevention efforts are designed to enhance public safety awareness and prevent crime through education, environmental design and outreach. In 2008, crime prevention presentations/activities directly reached approximately 9500 students, faculty and staff.
The Student Government is continuing with a Student Safety Alliance committee, which includes representatives from UCPD. This group meets to discuss campus safety, to provide a forum for student concerns and an opportunity for members to work on safety related issues together. UCPD developed a Safe Party @ UCLA website which focuses on the potential negative health effects and legal consequences of alcohol use.
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 news briefs, 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 priority of the crime analysis program 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, monthly and year-to-date statistical analysis is provided to staff helping to direct crime-fighting activities and provide on-going crime prevention information to the campus community.
UCPD Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a student-staffed program, employing UCLA students trained as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to staff the campus ambulance. The program is currently in its 30th year of operation, serving the campus and surrounding areas. EMS responds to 9-1-1 medical aid calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with an average response time of less than four minutes. In 2008, EMS calls increased by approximately 17% with staff handling 1678 medical aid calls, from which 1146 patients were transported to the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center with complaints ranging from sprained ankles to cardiac arrest. Aside from responding to medical emergencies, EMTs, serving as station officers, write police reports at the department front counter.