The Office of the Chief consists of the Chief of Police and Command Staff, which includes two captains and a Management Services Officer. Former lieutenant Joyce Souza was promoted to the position of Captain in August 2006 and assigned to oversee the Support Services Division. Chief Annette Spicuzza is supported by a Special Assistant to the Chief, Faith Maul.
For further information about the UC Davis Police Department’s programs, check our updated website at www.police.ucdavis.edu.
The Police Annex building was completed in 2006; it is located adjacent to the current Police/Fire Department building on Kleiber Hall Drive. Fire/Police Information Technology staff is housed in the new facility, as is the Support Services Division, which is comprised of Hiring, Internal Affairs, Training, Investigations, Crime Prevention, Property and Evidence, Lost and Found, and the Campus Violence Prevention Program.
Officer James Barbour and Officer Jason Rolland received the UC System wide Meritorious Service Medal for bravery and/or outstanding judgment, quick action or skillful handling of an incident resulting in the prevention of serious injury or death to another. In March, 2006 the officers intervened to save a suicidal individual attempting to jump off the third level of the hospital’s parking structure.
Each year the UC Davis Police Department recognizes employees who are nominated by their peers because of their consistently outstanding performance. We are proud of the dedication they demonstrate on a daily basis.
James Barbour was selected as the 2006 Officer of the Year. Jim has been with the department since September 2004. He is currently assigned to the UC Davis Health System patrol substation where he is serving as Officer-In-Charge of a patrol team. He is well respected by his peers, the Protective Service Officer team, and the Health System community. He has earned a reputation for leading by example, serving as a role model to younger officers and demonstrating consistent performance and professionalism.
Alicia Bennett has been with the UC Davis Health System since April, 1985. In 1995, Alicia was promoted to Protective Service Officer (PSO) Supervisor at the UC Davis Health System. For the last 11 years, Alicia has served as a stabilizing force for the Protective Service Officer Program.
Alicia often works many hours to ensure PSO coverage at the medical center, showing true commitment and work ethic. She coordinates special events requiring security and responds wherever there is a security issue in the hospital. Alicia’s dedication and leadership of the PSO team serves as a model to others. She strives to accommodate the needs of her team, and motivates them to perform at a higher level to accomplish the difficult mission they have – the safety and security of the community and patients there.
Alicia also has a great working relationship with all UC Davis Police personnel and works with them daily to address concerns and solve problems. She is an outstanding employee and supervisor known for her devotion and commitment to the members of her team, the community and the University.
Department managers serve on the campus Emergency Operations Center team and campus policy team, and participate in emergency preparedness planning. Department staff and officers participated in BSL-3 Lab tabletop exercises and the “Golden Guardian” Emergency Preparedness drill at the UC Davis Medical Center.
A lieutenant manages the Investigations, Crime Prevention, Property and Evidence and Lost and Found Units. Investigations Unit detectives investigate a variety of crimes on campus and at the UC Davis Health System. The unit is comprised of a Detective Sergeant and three detectives. One detective serves on the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force. One detective is responsible for investigating crimes against women as part of UC Davis Police Department’s participation in a federal "Violence Against Women" program. Detectives serve various protection details for visiting dignitaries to the University which this year included the President of Georgia. Detectives also sit on the Student Crisis Response Team and provide instruction to the department and the community in the Citizen’s Academy, Rape Aggression Defense, CPR/1st Aid, Range and Field Training Officer programs. The lieutenant is a member of the University Misuse committee.
A Crime Prevention specialist coordinates with members of the Campus Violence Prevention Program and other campus and Health System groups to provide consulting, security advisement, and prevention presentations. The Police Department graduated 32 attendees from two citizen’s academy classes this year, which also offered University credit to those students attending. Highlights included student training on a firearms simulator and investigating mock crime scenes.
The Property and Evidence Unit is responsible for maintaining, storing and disposing of all evidence taken into police custody. Property and Evidence staff work closely with the Patrol Division and Detective Unit, Sacramento County Crime Lab and the California Department of Justice Crime Lab when evidence must be analyzed prior to court proceedings. The unit moved into a new evidence storage facility this year, which is located in the West Entry Parking structure.
The Lost and Found Unit is the custodian for all items found and turned in by various departments on campus. Lost and Found increased its level of service by offering the community the ability to report and search for their lost item on-line.
The Campus Violence Prevention Program provides education, advocacy, and outreach about sexual violence, stalking, and relationship violence. The primary mission is to eliminate these forms of violence and ensure support services are available for survivors. Immediate, confidential and supportive response to survivors is a priority. Staff supports survivors through initial medical evaluation, legal and police procedures, and academic and housing issues. Confidential crisis intervention and advocacy is available to both recent survivors and those working to recover from a past incident.
In 2006, the Campus Violence Prevention Program was awarded a federal grant from the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant has allowed us to continue a comprehensive program to prevent and respond to violence against women on campus. For more information about the CVPP grant project visit www.voicesnotvictims.org.
The Patrol Operations Division is divided into the UC Davis Campus Patrol Division located in Davis and the UC Davis Health System Patrol Division, a Level 1 trauma hospital located in Sacramento. Each location has four patrol teams, a sergeant and three officers, and operates on 3/12 schedules. On the UC Davis campus, a lieutenant oversees the patrol teams, Fleet Management, Field Training Program, Traffic Team, Range Unit, Bicycle Patrol Team, Special Events and Cal Aggie Host Student Patrol. The Aggie Hosts were especially active in 2006, supporting 350 on-campus events. Six Protective Service Officer positions were added to the Patrol Division in 2006 to provide 24/7/365 staffing at the California National Primate Research Center. Other campus patrol team activities include traffic management and planning with other campus groups, partnership with the Cowell Student Health Center and Davis Police Department with a Safe Party Initiative, and the Public Information Officer function. Patrol personnel participated throughout 2006 in the Sacramento County Avoid the 12 campaign and the Yolo County Avoid the 8 campaign, DUI enforcement operations with allied agencies.
The UC Davis Health System lieutenant serves as the manager of all patrol responsibilities at UCDHS properties in Sacramento. He oversees the patrol teams, 11 Protective Service Officers, Defensive Tactics and Less Lethal Program, Critical Incident Negotiations Team, Canine Unit and the McClellan Nuclear Radiation Center.
Other activities of the UCDHS patrol teams include participation in the Golden Guardian multi-agency terrorism response exercise presented by the Office of Homeland Security and state and local authorities, equipment management and inventory, traffic management of adjacent and internal public roadways, hospital and neighborhood safety meetings, and presentation of a K-9 competition at the UC Davis Annual Picnic Day.
Our Communications and Records Division has ten dispatchers and a Dispatch supervisor, and three Records staff. We are working with Visionair Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System and are upgrading our technology system overall. The Communications Center dispatches all police and fire calls for the campus and Health System, as well as alarm response and requests for campus Cal Aggie Host escorts.
The Business Services Division is overseen by a Management Services Officer. Consolidation of the Division to serve both the Fire and Police departments was completed in 2006. The business staff handles purchasing, Human Resources needs, payroll, grants management, department reception, recharge activities, facilities maintenance, financial reporting and budget planning and development.