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Program Highlights

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The Patrol Division provides a full range of police services to the UCSD community. Patrol officers respond to all calls for police service, including crimes in progress, medical aid calls, traffic collisions and 911 emergency calls.

In 2008, UCSD police officers attended active shooter and “mob and riot control” training to prepare them to respond to potential critical incidents. Several officers also completed training in dignitary protection. Officers continued to teach the Rape Aggression Defense class to the campus community.

Officers participated in the interagency Law Enforcement Task Force to combat underage drinking and several interagency driver license checkpoints in various areas of San Diego County.

During 2008, several uniformed and plainclothes details were initiated to address problem areas such as: auto theft, auto burglary, trespassing, illegal drug use, laptop thefts, transient camps and traffic enforcement.

Officers arrested a person for burglary who was also identified as a prominent domestic terrorist by the FBI. Good follow-up by patrol officers resulted in additional information about several of the arrestee’s companions. The FBI was very appreciative of the thorough investigation efforts and commended our officers for their work.

Another arrestee, scheduled to be profiled on a San Diego County Crimestoppers local news segment, was arrested by our officers for a felony parole violation warrant and for being out of compliance with sex offender registration requirements.

The Bicycle Enforcement Officer’s (BEO) primary responsibility is to patrol the campus and enforce the California Vehicle Code and university policies relating to bicycles and skateboards. Other services provided by the BEOs include escorts, lock cutting services, documenting security and lighting discrepancies, as well as being extra eyes and ears for the police department.

The BEOs continue to work closely with Patrol, specifically our Motor Officer, to set up enforcement in high traffic areas. This increased presence, which is focused on prevention, brings high visibility for our program and allows us to provide information to the community about the laws and policies concerning the use of bicycles and skateboards on campus. The BEOs continued to attend monthly commuter breakfasts which encourage alternative transportation.

The Residential Security Officer (RSO) program is a community partnership between the Police Department, Housing and Dining Services, and the Academic and Residence Life offices at each campus. The program is supervised by the Police Department and receives its funding and support from Housing and Dining Services. Our mission is the safety of our residents and their property.
The successful program has grown to cover nine campus residential areas. It now consists of two Sergeants, one Corporal and seventeen RSOs.

Each RSO works closely with the residence life staff at their assigned campus to identify concerns and develop strategies to foster a sense of community and maintain a safe residential environment conducive to the educational mission. The RSOs participate in the selection and training of oncoming residential/ house advisors.

The RSOs generally patrol the campus between the hours of 8:00 pm and 6:00 am. Their duties include patrolling assigned areas on foot or bicycle, enforcing university and housing policy, providing after hours escorts, identifying and documenting security and lighting discrepancies, and attending community meetings and presentations. The RSOs observe and report suspicious activity on campus, and their actions have resulted in numerous field contacts by our police officers. 

All RSOs are trained in CPR and first aid. They also attend a forty hour laws of arrest course, in accordance with section 832 of the California Penal Code.

In 2008, the RSOs patrolled their communities for over 24,000 hours, located and secured 29,554 open doors in housing areas, documented 1,448 security discrepancies, provided 772 escorts for community members, and responded to over 2,333 calls for service.

Community Service Officer Program

In 2008, we expanded our communications center functionality by adding computer telephone integration to a third workstation. We also became fully wireless Phase 2 compliant, allowing us to receive wireless 911 calls generated from within our jurisdiction. In addition, we implemented an online reporting system offering our community the option to file crime reports using the internet. We have experienced great success with this new program, which allows our officers more time to focus on potential criminal activity and community safety issues during their assigned shifts.

We enhanced dispatch expertise and professionalism through attendance at the following classes: Communications Training Officer, UCSD Supervisory Training Laboratory, disaster preparedness exercises, security alarm users training conference and Domestic Violence for Dispatchers.

We continued our participation in various communications and records related associations, allowing us to network and foster professional relationships. We are active members of the San Diego County Public Safety Answering Point Managers, San Diego Association of Public Safety Dispatchers, Regional Dispatch Academy Supervisory Panel, Computerized CLETS Users Group, Association of Public Communications Officials and the California Emergency Number Association.

The Specialized Services Division is a multi-faceted unit comprised of both police and civilian personnel who are supervised by one sergeant and one lieutenant. The division is responsible for a diverse number of services to the university:

Investigations is staffed by three detectives who are responsible for conducting criminal investigations of crimes occurring on the UCSD campus. Cases involving identifiable offenders are routinely filed with the city/county prosecutor’s office for adjudication. If the offender is a UCSD student, the case may also be submitted to the Student Policies and Judicial Affairs Office for administrative disciplinary action. In 2008 , the number of follow-up investigations increased by 14% over the previous year

Community Programs is staffed by two corporals and a part time student clerk. The unit is responsible for conducting security surveys of university buildings, community training and outreach, special event planning, recruitment, liaison with other university and community departments and groups, and training coordination for police personnel. They also manage the Senior Volunteer Program.

The Community Service Officer Program is staffed by one corporal who is responsible for managing 40 student Community Service Officers (CSOs). These student employees provide safety escort service and act as eyes and ears for the police department. CSOs also function as staff for special events.

Members of the Specialized Services Division provide expertise to the police department and community in areas such as work place violence, homeland security/terrorism, background investigations, auto theft, computer crimes, identity theft prevention, evidence processing and management, special events planning and special projects. A new community outreach program was instituted last year providing awareness training for responding to active shooter/critical incidents.


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