2015 brought changes and challenges that have allowed UCPD Berkeley to move forward in improving our law enforcement mission to the Berkeley campus community. During the past year, UCPD Berkeley continues to be immersed in its policy review and transition to the Lexipol Policy Management System. Our goal in achieving IACLEA accreditation continues to be an on-going process. Additionally, in 2015 UCPD Berkeley continued utilizing new programs in the Operations division to further reduce criminal activity that affects members of our community. Here is an update on two of the programs that have aided in reducing crime to our community.
The first program, which was started in 2014, was predictive policing computer software, known as PredPol. It provides statistical data for locations where criminal activity has a higher percentage of occurring based on previously reported crimes. UCPD Berkeley is utilizing this data in the patrol unit to have officers concentrate in those geographical areas to prevent criminal activity through high visibility or have officers in areas for a quicker response. Through the use of PredPol during 2015, UCPD Berkeley officers have made numerous arrests and issued a number of citations. In 2015 there was a reduction in Part 1 reportable crimes by 24.5% within UCPD Berkeley jurisdictional areas. By focusing law enforcement efforts within the identified PredPol areas, we believe this program has significantly contributed to our crime reduction.
The second initiative that was initially deployed in 2014 and continued through 2015 involved computerized tracking devices utilized in our “Bait Bike” program. This program was initiated in 2013 in cooperation between the police department, Berkeley’s Environmental Health & Safety department and the Graduate Student Assembly. In 2014, the tracking devices were deployed throughout the campus and led to the arrest of numerous bike thieves. In 2015 this program has continued to prove itself a success with the reduction of bike thefts on campus by 53.4%. With its success, UCPD Berkeley continues to explore expanding this program to combat other property crimes that have a high rate of occurrence. Additionally, UCPD Berkeley is actively participating in a bike theft working group involving East Bay Law Enforcement agencies due to the record number of bicycle thefts and our success in bike theft reductions.
UCPD Berkeley is composed of the Office of the Chief, the Field Operations Division, and the Administration & Community Outreach Division. The Office of the Chief heads the leadership and fiscal functions of the Police Department. The Field Operations Division reported to Captain Alex Yao and the Administration & Community Outreach Divisions reported to Captain Stephen Roderick through June 2015. Acting Captain Lee Harris has been the Administrative Captain since that time.
Office of the Chief
The Office of the Chief was overseen by Captain Roderick, and he was supported by a staff consisting of the Administrative Lieutenant, two Sergeants, Payroll Analyst, and the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police/Training Manager Jennifer Woods. Executive Assistant Woods was reclassified to Project/Policy Analyst 4 and manages the supportive functions to the Department’s leadership, oversees the logistics of coordinating both inter- and intra-Departmental administrative and collaboration efforts, manages all department training and plays a significant role in our accreditation efforts.
The Operations Division, led by Captain Yao, consists of the Patrol Bureau, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Security Patrol Officer Program, Residential Student Liaison Program, UCOP Security Services and the Special Events Bureau. It primarily represents the uniform and investigative personnel of the Police Department. Captain Yao also provides command oversight for the UCPD Bomb Team, the Special Response Unit, and the Negotiations and Entry Team.
The Patrol Bureau, managed by Lieutenants Marc DeCoulode and John Suezaki, provided primary and traditional law enforcement services to the Berkeley campus and nearby communities. 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 approximately 53,000 people, including over 9,000 residents in the campus residential facilities.
In 2015, our Police Officers made 573 arrests, issued 1,085 citations for vehicle code violations and wrote 1,988 Field Interview cards. In addition, officers documented 106 assists to other law enforcement agencies.
The Patrol Bureau participates in the jointly staffed Southside Safety Patrol with the City of Berkeley Police Department and oversees the Campus Building Safe Team Program. Sworn personnel actively serve the Department in other areas, as collateral duties, such as our Negotiations and Entry Team (NET), Bomb Team, the Special Response Unit (SRU) and the system wide Special Response Team (SRT), which includes Dignitary Protection and a specialized crowd control and arrest team.
Criminal Investigations Bureau
The Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB), managed by Lieutenants John Suezaki and Marc DeCoulode, is composed of 5 Detectives and 1 Sergeant. CIB conducts initial investigations as well as follow-up investigations from cases generated by the Patrol Bureau for crimes on University properties, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Office of the President (UCOP) facilities. It 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 to the Department, the campus community, and to UCOP on these topics.
Security Patrol Officer ProgramOur Security Patrol Officer (SPO) Program was managed by the CIB Lieutenants and consists of 2 supervisors and 50 SPOs. It 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 2015, the SPO program provided security coverage at 14 campus sites and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Additionally, the SPO Manager administratively oversees the newly created department of University of California Office of the President Security Services that consists of 1 SPO Supervisor and 8 SPOs.
Special Events Bureau
The manager of our Special Events Bureau coordinated all Campus Special Events and works closely with other campus departments and student groups to plan and staff special events. This year the Special Events Bureau staffed and processed 448 events on campus. These events consisted of several domestic and foreign dignitary visits, controversial speakers, dances, concerts, conferences, mutual aid requests, and athletic events.
Residential Student Liaison Program
The Residential Student Liaison (RSL) Program provides coordination, liaison and support for 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 40 years and provides service to the campus and 22 federal, state, county, local, and private agencies with which UCPD has a Memorandum of Understanding. In 2015, the Team responded to 14 calls for service both on and off campus. It continued to train actively on specific device analysis and render-safe procedures, both hands-on and remotely utilizing a Remotec, Andros robot and, as in the past, UCPD Berkeley continued to provide explosive awareness training to outside organizations.
Administration & Community Outreach Division
The Administration & Community Outreach Division was managed by Captain Stephen Roderick and Acting Captain Lee Harris. The Division consists of UCPD’s Administration Unit, Services and Homeland Security Unit, Crime Prevention Unit, and Night Safety Programs.
Administrative Lieutenant Lee Harris was primarily responsible for personnel actions; policies and procedures; legal affairs; ongoing recruiting, hiring, training and employee development and response to public concerns.
Services and Homeland Security Division
Manager Stoll managed the Services and Homeland Security Division for the Berkeley campus. Services consists of the Communications Center, Records Unit, Information Systems Unit, and the Facility/Property Management Unit. Homeland Security division is charged with preparing the police department to sustain itself through a major crisis, and to ensure the Department Operations Center plans are maintained and tested to ensure competency and readiness.
Communications Center and Records Unit
The Communications Unit receives and dispatches all calls through our Computer Aided Dispatch system. This past year, it handled 75,006 total calls for service and dispatched 99.6% 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 consisted of processing 3,248 case reports, 1,085 moving and bike citations, and provided fingerprint services for UC applicants, identified personnel and the general public. Records personnel also draft and review the Departments Daily Activity Bulletin.
Crime Prevention Unit
The Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) was managed by Lieutenant Ava Snyder. It provided day-to-day coordination for UCPD safety and security programs. CPU is staffed with an Officer, 6 professional staff members. CPU is responsible for providing continuing education to our constantly changing campus community and offers programs at new student orientation sessions as well as ongoing outreach to all members of our community. With specialized 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 Clery Compliance Officer is responsible for the dissemination of Crime Alerts as required by the Jeanne Clery Act and federal Jeanne Clery Act compliance. In addition, our Clery Compliance Officer acts in the capacity of a Survivor Resource Specialist who provides guidance and resources to survivors of violent crime.
Night Safety Programs
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 50 part-time student employees. The CSOs provide the BearWALK night safety escort service. In 2015, the CSOs performed 7,473 BearWALK escorts. Additionally, in cooperation with UC Berkeley Parking & Transportation, the Night Safety Shuttle served 134,989 passengers. CSO activities provide a high-profile uniformed presence during the hours of darkness, and have positively impacted the coordinated safety efforts for the entire campus.