Victoria L. Harrison, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Police at the University of California in Berkeley, California since 1990 is the senior Police Chief for the systemwide University of California Police Department. As Chief, her leadership focuses on the delivery of quality law enforcement services to the University, its members and the surrounding community.
UCPD Berkeley is composed of the Office of the Chief, the Field Operations Division and the Services Division. The Office of the Chief is overseen by the Assistant Chief. This office supports the administrative functions of the Police Department.
The Field Operations Division oversees the day-to-day operations of our patrol, investigations and events functions. The Services Division provides support services to the Department, manages the Department’s Crime Prevention Programs and oversees the Security Officer Program. Field Operations and Services are managed by Captains. The Assistant Chief and the Division Captains report directly to Chief Harrison.
2008 was a year of many accomplishments for UCPD. Not only did our campus report a 6% drop in violent crime, but the lengthy challenge of the Oak Grove Occupation came to an end with a creative twist when scaffolding was used to encircle the last occupied tree. A safe ending was accomplished when the protestors concluding their 21 month occupation of the intended construction site for the Student Athlete High Performance Center by stepping out onto the scaffolding into the custody of awaiting UCPD officers.
We also undertook improvements in the department facility and infrastructure to enhance our capacity to respond to critical incidents. Some of the improvements included a totally remodeled Communications Center and Records area, the installation of a new 911 system including caller ID enhanced cell phone locations, a mass notification process called “WarnMe” and a mobile command vehicle that was acquired for highly visible physical presence at important events on or near the campus. In addition, we developed a well-received Active Shooter presentation and used an Active Shooter incident as our annual emergency exercise resulting in better preparation for the campus to respond in the event of such an incident.
For detailed information about UCPD and programs offered by our Department, please go to http://police.berkeley.edu/index.html.
The Office of the Chief consists of the Budget Manager, the Business Services Manager, the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police and the Administrative Lieutenant, all who report directly to Assistant Chief Mitch Celaya. The Administrative Lieutenant Adan Tejada, is primarily responsible for personnel actions; information systems; marketing and publications; ongoing recruiting, hiring, training and employee development, response to public concerns and oversight of internal investigations. Manager Greg Watty is responsible for the department’s budget, human resources and payroll. Manager Watty also provided oversight to the Business Services Unit.
In 2008, the Office of the Chief experienced a successful year of staffing for sworn personnel with an annual turnover rate of 2.7%. The department continued ongoing efforts to identify, recruit and hire excellent new employees, both sworn and non-sworn.
The Field Operations Division, led by Captain Guillermo A. Beckford, consists of the Patrol Bureau, Investigations Bureau and the Events Bureau. The Field Operations Division primarily represents the uniform and investigative personnel of the Police Department. Captain Beckford provides command oversight for the UCPD Bomb Team, the Special Response Unit and our Negotiations and Entry Team.
The Patrol Bureau, managed by Lieutenant Rick Dillard, provides primary and traditional law enforcement services to the Berkeley campus and nearby community. Using a combination of mobile patrols (car, motorcycle and specialized vehicles), bicycles, foot patrol and directed patrol activities, the Bureau serves an estimated population of 50,000 people, including over 9000 residents of campus residential facilities. In 2008, the Patrol Officers made 911 arrests and issued 1773 citations for vehicle code violations. In addition, officers documented 186 assists to other law enforcement agencies.
The Patrol Bureau participates in the jointly staffed Berkeley Telegraph Avenue Program and oversees the Campus Building Watch Program. Patrol personnel actively serve the Department in other areas such as our Negotiations and Entry Team (NET), Bomb Squad and the Special Response Unit, which includes Dignitary Protection and a specialized Arrest Team.
A Sergeant and 5 Detectives staff the Criminal Investigations Bureau, which reports to Events Lieutenant Doug Wing. The Bureau conducts initial investigations as well as follow-up investigations from cases generated by the Patrol Bureau for crimes on University properties and the Office of the President facilities. The Bureau also works closely with other University departments that have uncovered criminal activity during the course of routine audits and inspections.
Our Threat Management Unit reviews all cases involving threatening behavior, including stalking, intimidation and harassing telephone calls, e-mails or letters, as well as cases of domestic violence. The Unit also provides training both to the Department and to the campus community on these topics.
The Events Bureau is managed by Lieutenant Doug Wing who oversees our Homeland Security activities, Special Events Management and the Residential Student Program (RSP). UCPD continues to be the lead in coordinating and strategizing the campus response to homeland security and the ongoing concerns of a possible terrorist threat. In addition to drafting, submitting and managing OHS grants, the Events Bureau Lieutenant represents the University at the Bay Area Threat Working Group (BATWG), the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center (CATIC) and other Anti-Terrorism meetings.
Under Lt. Wing’s guidance, the Special Events Unit staffed and processed 284 events on campus. These events consisted of dignitary visits, controversial speakers, dances, concerts, conferences, mutual aid requests and athletic events.
The Residential Student Program (RSP) provides coordination, liaison and support for the University's Residential Student Services Programs (RSSP) in reducing crime in University residence halls and family housing units. A police Sergeant is assigned to work closely with RSSP and manages the Residential Security Patrol Program, Security Monitor Program and Residential Student Liaison Officer Program.
The University of California Berkeley’s nationally accredited Bomb Team, staffed with a commander and certified bomb technicians, has been in existence for 37 years and provides service to the campus and 26 local agencies with which UCPD has a Memorandum of Understanding. In 2008, the Team responded to 20 calls for service 5 of which were on campus. In 2008, we conducted 8 trainings on specific device analysis and render-safe procedures, both hands-on and with the Andros robot and, as in the past, we continued to provide explosive awareness training to outside organizations.
The Services Division is managed by Captain Margo Bennett and consists of UCPD’s Crime Prevention Unit, Night Safety Programs Unit, Communications Center, Records Management System and the Security Patrol Officer Unit. The Facility/Property Management Unit, which oversees property, evidence and facility management, reports directly to Captain Bennett as does the Office of Emergency Preparedness. This Division is also responsible for compiling and submitting the data for our annual “Jeanne Clery Act” Report and disseminating the crime alerts which are a Clery Act requirement.
The Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) provides day-to-day coordination for UCPD safety and security programs. CPU is staffed with one Sergeant, one Officer and four civilians. CPU is responsible for providing continuing education to our constantly changing campus community and offers programs at all new student orientation sessions as well as ongoing outreach to all members of our community. With special training in the prevention of crime through environmental design, members of CPU are responsible for the ongoing security of campus facilities through initial survey, plan review and management of installation of equipment in new and renovated structures. CPU strives to ensure that state-of-the-art technologies, including modern video, alarm and access systems are employed in protecting University facilities.
The Night Safety Programs Unit is led by the Night Safety Program Administrator. Her primary responsibility is to manage programs critical to the safety of our campus population while they move about our campus and the surrounding area. Our Community Service Officer (CSO) Program is staffed by a cadre of up to 65 part-time student employees. The CSOs provide the BearWALK escort service, and run the door-to-door service known as the Owl Line. In 2008, the CSOs had the amazing accomplishment of performing 8276 BearWALK escorts and 9526 late night Owl line rides. The CSOs are also responsible for providing day and evening foot and bicycle patrols on campus and in the wooded, mountainous area on the east end of campus, assisting various units within the department and providing security for special events on the campus. CSO activities provide a high-profile uniformed presence during the hours of darkness, and positively impacted the coordinated safety efforts for the entire campus.
The Communications Unit receives and dispatches all calls through our Computer Aided Dispatch system. This year, Communications enjoyed the stability of a fully staffed unit and moved into their remodeled center. Communications handled 12,397 calls for service and dispatched 98.9% of emergency calls within our benchmark of 90 seconds. Our Records Unit manages the Department’s police records and the campus fingerprinting process. Their workload consists of processing 5755 case reports, over 1700 moving and bike citations and provided fingerprint services for UC applicants, identified personnel and the general public. For a look at the Departments Daily Activity Bulletin please go to http://police.berkeley.edu/.
In September 2008, UCPD recruited and hired Stephen Stoll as our new Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) manager. Earlier in the year, the OEP led the Campus Active Shooter exercise that identified and explored issues impacting the Campus should an active shooter situation evolve. OEP also manages the campus’s 1000 acre natural preserve in the Berkeley hills for fire safety. In 2008, we continued efforts to complete the grant process for two major FEMA grants that will focus on removing fuel from the campus wildlands.
Our SPO Program, overseen by Lieutenant Doug Wing, provides non-sworn, uniformed officers at University facilities both on and off of the central campus. Their primary responsibility is to provide security, protect University employees and safeguard University property. They also provide other roles that include crime scene video technicians, field evidence collection and special event staffing. In 2008, the SPO program provided security coverage at nine (9) sites.