Santa Cruz

Program Highlights

The UC Santa Cruz PD was involved in a number of successful programs this year. The benefits from these programs improved the quality of life for members of our campus and surrounding community. A few of the programs include Citizen Police Academy-CPA, Traffic Safety- B.A.D.G.E.S, Sexual Assault prevention – CAL.CASA, and Wide Area Rapid Notification- WARN.

For detailed information regarding the above programs, as well as information about the department, please visit:

Office of the Chief

The Chief of Police commands two divisions, Operations and Administration. Included in the Chief’s staff is the Sr. Administrative Analyst. The Sr. Administrative Analyst supports the office and is the Human Resource liaison.

The goal of the Office of the Chief is to ensure a safe environment for our students, facility, staff and visitors. Some of the challenges in 2008 that faced our department included financial restraints, campus labor relations, and protests. With a clear vision and a focused plan of action, The Office of the Chief successfully overcame the challenges and met our goals.

The UC Santa Cruz PD recognizes an outstanding employee annually. The exemplary employee that receives this award is nominated by their peers. The criterion for recognition is performance above and beyond from what’s required for their position.

Elisabet Hiatt was selected for the 2008 Outstanding Employee of the year award. She began her employment with the University of California in 1980. In 2001, Elisabet transferred to the UC Santa Cruz PD. Her outstanding attributes include Human Resource liaison, financial planning, special event management, and an outstanding work ethic. Elisabet’s enthusiasm and commitment as a Sr. Administrative Analyst is an example why this department is so successful.

Mt. Hamilton

The Field Operations Division, under the command of the Operations Captain, provides service to our campus community. The provided service aligns to the “Community Oriented Policing” philosophy. This Division includes Patrol, Investigations, Field Training Program, Motorcycle Unit, and Animal Control. Bicycle patrols keep the majestic woods and trails that surround our campus safe.

There are a number of university satellite locations off campus that require our officers to patrol a large physical area. This University expansion needs additional personnel to maintain the high level of customer service that the department has provided.

During 2008, the Field Operation Division completed 1,359 police reports and arrested 159 individuals. They also issued 915 citations for vehicle code and local ordinance violations.

2008 was a demanding year that presented special challenges for UC Santa Cruz PD. Labor and Special Interest groups from the campus staged major protests. Chancellor Blumenthal’s Inauguration Celebration and UC Santa Cruz Job Faire were targeted.

A Protest group against the University over development of the Science Hill area occupied and resided in groves of trees in this area. Negotiations lasting approximately one and a half years with this group failed and they were eventually removed.

There were vast amounts of protestors involved in each of these events. We relied on the support of our allied UC Police Departments for assistance. With their support, successful resolutions were met. Other facets of the Operation Division include:

  • Mt. Hamilton site: is covered by a Resident Officer.
  • Parking Enforcement Team: to provide top-level service while dealing with the challenges of construction-related problems and loss of parking lots. The team wrote 27,280 parking citations and booted 119 vehicles of repeat offenders.
  • Motorcycle units: work in conjunction with local law enforcement to stage a concentrated traffic enforcement program called BADGES (Before Aggressive Drivers Get Everyone Stopped). This program brings awareness of speed, seat belt, and vehicular safety to the campus and neighboring areas of the County.
  • Animal Control: the UCSC Animal Control Officer's duties include keeping track of and following up on reports of mountain lion sightings, resolving conflicts between humans and wildlife, managing the campus feral cat population, and enforcing the Non-Research Animal on Campus Policy. Since the UCSC campus' 2,000 acres are home to a variety of wild species, the Animal Control Officer spends a great deal of time educating the campus community on how to co-exist with our wild neighbors.
  • Kiosk Guards: the Guards are the first layer of defense to the UC Santa Cruz campus. They monitor the major entrances to our campus after dark. Guards are responsible for ensuring that access to the campus is only granted to individuals with a legitimate reason to enter. Guards also provide assistance to law enforcement and have been instrumental in the arrest of individuals driving under the influence. Their diligent efforts of citizen contact are shown in the following statistics:
    • denied 3546 vehicles from entering campus
    • 524 driver warnings
    • 108 expired parking permits collected
    •  3913 informational assistance contacts
    • 10, 589 phone calls for assistance


The Administrative Division, under the command of the Administrative Captain, consists of the Communications Bureau, Records Bureau, Evidence, Training, Internal Affairs and Campus Clery Compliance. The units of this division combine their efforts to produce the backbone of the UCSC police force.

Other units of the Administrative Division include:

  • Communications: Dispatchers provide radio dispatching and telephone switchboard services to the campus. This is the answering point for all campus emergency calls including 9-1-1. This unit dispatches the UCSC Police, Parking, and Fire Departments and coordinates ambulance response to the campus. Other services include monitoring security, fire and telephone system alarms, dispatching physical plant, campus shuttles and housing proctors.
  • Records and Evidence: records personnel process all incoming calls at the front desk for Police and Parking services. They also field calls from the general public, receive payment for citations, and organize evidence storage.
  • Professional Standards Unit: Thoroughly investigates all complaints against employees.
  • Training: UCSC PD participated in countywide trainings that were designed to cover incidents in which the agencies might be working together, such as Critical Incident Response, crowd control, felony car stops, and Crime Scene Investigations.



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