One of the many responsibilities of the Chief of Police at the UC Santa Cruz Police Department is to maintain the agency vision. To do this, Chief Aluffi ensures that the Mission Statement of service is remembered, safety can flourish and the campus community is kept peaceful. Through sound leadership, direction and careful planning the Chief of Police can focus resources of the department to provide a safe environment for students, faculty and visitors at UC Santa Cruz.
An important part of the Office of the Chief is his Business Manager. She is responsible for providing clerical data, fiscal analysis, budget forecasting and being the Human Resource liaison for the Department.
For detailed information about our Department, please visit our website at www2.ucsc.edu/police.
The Field Operations Division, under the command of the Operations Captain, provides service to our campus community aligning to the community oriented policing philosophy. It includes Patrol, Investigations, Field Training Program, Motorcycle Unit and Animal Control. Bicycle patrols keep trails and the majestic woods 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. Because of the University expansion additional personnel will be needed to maintain the high level of customer service that the department has provided.
During 2007, the Field Operation Division completed 1,370 police reports and arrested 159 individuals. They also issued 883 citations for vehicle code and local ordinance violations.
The 2007/2008 academic school year, UC Santa Cruz Police Department and the city of Santa Cruz were chosen to participate in the “Safer California Universities Study” program. The focus of the program was to concentrate enforcement of alcohol violations and measure the effectiveness of this enforcement on the student and student age population. Through a grant associated with this program, the UC Santa Cruz Police Department, in conjunction with the city police conducted a series of enforcement actions focusing on alcohol violations on campus and in areas immediately surrounding the campus. As part of the grant, the UC Santa Cruz Police Department coordinated DUI checkpoints, business compliance checks and party patrols. These events were successful producing multiple arrests and citations for alcohol related violations. In addition, publicity was generated highlighting the department and alcohol awareness.
Officer Tony Contreras coordinated the Citizen Police Academy II. This is a spectacular program that bridges relationships between students, staff, faculty and the police department. The academy covers topics ranging from patrol procedures, force continuum and a close-up view of policing with a ride-along. This year the Academy membership totaled 18 members, which was a substantial increase from last year.
November 7th, 2007 sparked a special challenge for UC Santa Cruz. Protestors in opposition of the LRDP (long range development plan) stormed the Physical Science area and gave siege to a parking lot and surrounding trees. Protestors occupied several trees by constructing living areas within and were provided assistance by a number of supporters. This event has caused a number of challenges for the department concerning criminal and civil ramifications. Safety for this event has been the Police Department’s number one concern. The potential for injury in any civil unrest is high. Our police officers, students and protestors have been able to co-exist allowing the right to protest to continue. A peaceful solution to the protestor’s demands is desired.
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 32,257 parking citations and booted 175 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.
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 many 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. It 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, cashier for payment of citations and organize evidence storage.
- Kiosk Guards: the Guards monitor both entrances to the 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 under the influence trying to enter the campus. Kiosk guards denied entry onto campus to 3,753 vehicles and took phone calls for assistance 12,733 times.
- 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.