Terrorism has emerged as a very real threat. Any organization, group or individual can be a target or innocent victim of terrorism on the national and international front. In the past 20 years, terrorist acts in the U.S. have included the bombing during the Boston Marathon; on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Oklahoma City federal building; and during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Here at UCSF, Animal Researchers have also been targets of animal extremists’ criminal activity; other researchers have encountered criminal and non-criminal threats as well as vandalism.
In 2008, animal extremist Justin Thind was arrested by the UCSF Police Department; Thind later plead guilty to crimes against UCSF Animal Researchers. In 2008, UC Santa Cruz researchers’ homes and vehicles were bombed by animal extremists. On June 22, 1993, a geneticist at UCSF, became a victim of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, when he received a bomb at his home.
To reduce the risk of UCSF becoming a target of terrorism, the UCSF Police Department and its Homeland Security & Emergency Management Division participate in numerous local, Bay Area, state and federal counterterrorism and terrorism early warning groups.