About The UC Davis Police Department
Established on the Davis campus in 1947, our police department is a full service state police agency that provides patrol, investigative, emergency management and crime prevention services on the main campus in Davis and at the UC Davis Health System in Sacramento. Our jurisdiction extends one mile around the campus and the medical center boundaries and to all facilities that are administered by UC Davis. Our main station is on the Davis campus and we have a substation at the Health System campus in Sacramento. UCDPD is currently authorized 48 sworn (two over when full staffed), 70 professional staff and 130 student employees. Per the Code of Federal Regulations, section 668.46 of Title 34 the UC Davis Police Department is defined as the “Campus Security Authority”.
In addition to providing safety and security services at UC Davis, the UC Davis Police Department manages the campus lost and found, finger printing services (Live scan) for UC-related jobs, patrol ride-along and personal safety education. Public safety services are also provided to the campus through programs such as the Aggie Host Security Service (AHS) and the Protective Service Officer Program (PSO). AHS Officers are non-sworn, student security personnel who, upon completion of a background check and specialized introductory and ongoing training with the UC Davis Police Department, facilitate assistance in the areas of Safe Ride Services, special event security, fire watch, critical facility security checks, campus student patrol and site surveillance. The police department also utilizes student patrol services through its Volunteers in Police Service program (VIPS). The police department maintains a police dispatch center that receives all calls for service from the Davis and Sacramento campuses including emergency calls made from a cellular phone on either campus.
The UC Davis Police Department Is A Model Law Enforcement Agency
The mission of the UC Davis Police Department is to provide for a safe and secure environment with a focus on serving the needs of our students. The success of our police department is dependent upon the community collaborations we have formed with our students, faculty and staff. The following programs demonstrate our commitment to true community style policing which includes our commitment to safety and security. More information about our department can be found at police.ucdais.edu.
Police Accountability Board (PAB)
UC Davis boasts the only true community police oversight in the nation. This board of community members reviews complaints of misconduct by police personnel which is independently investigated outside of the police department. Noteworthy is the fact the PAB is comprised of faculty, students and staff. No police personnel sit on this board making it a true community oversight program. Community members do not need to file their complaints about police with police due to this community program. More information can be found at the UC Davis Police Accountability Board website.
Safe Rides is the flagship student safety program for the UC Davis Police Department. The Safe Rides service is operated through our Aggie Host Student Security Program which employs 130 students annually. Safe Rides provides our students a safe ride on campus after hours and when local transit lines stop running at night we provide our students a ride home from campus to anywhere in the City of Davis. And for our VIP students we provide a full wheel chair accessible vehicle 24/7. Currently, we deploy up to six vans each night every day of the week to support our students and ten vans during peak days of the week. We have also implemented a smart phone application making it easier for students to summon a ride. This program is averaging six thousand student rides per month when school is in session. Moving forward the UC Davis Police Department will be implementing an after-hours fixed route service on and off campus to help reduce ride wait times. For more information about this unique program please visit the Safe Rides website.
The UC Davis Police Department also supports the ASUCD student run “Tipsy Taxi” service. For more information please visit the Tipsy Taxi website.
Student Advisory Council to the Chief of Police
Once a month Chief Carmichael invites graduate and undergraduate students into the UC Davis Police Department in an effort to build a strong bond between the police and the community. This once a month informal pizza night with the chief of police gives our students the opportunity to share concerns, provide feedback and be a true part of campus safety and security. Our chief of police makes himself available during and after business hours to our UC Davis students, parents and care givers. For more information please visit our website.
The UC Davis Police Department participates in the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office Neighborhood Courts Program. This District Attorney-led criminal offender restorative justice program partners with students, faculty and staff who all serve on the community panels. UC Davis is the only University currently participating in a true criminal offender restorative justice program. Please visit our website if you would like further information.
UC Davis police officers patrol the Davis and Sacramento campuses 24/7 on foot, bicycle, vehicle and motorcycle. The patrol officers focus on safety and security while being fully accessible to our students as a resource when needed. Our police officers are well trained and fully versed on serving a campus community.
UC Davis Police Cadet Program
The UC Davis Police Cadet Program, which is unique in the U.S. and now in its third year, trains and recruits police officers who have been graduates of UC Davis. The program has so far hosted about 60 UC Davis undergraduates and new to this year graduate students. Many students have gone on to begin careers as police officers throughout the state and five are currently on the UC Davis Police Department. The Cadet Program is on a path to building a true community based police department and equally important is providing access to diverse highly educated police officer candidates. For more information visit the Cadet Program website.
While this reports highlights some of the programs at the UC Davis Police Department it in no way captures all of the services offered by our department. We encourage you to visit our police department website to find out about the rest of our new and exciting programs. In closing, we are committed as a team in providing the safest campus possible where you can visit, learn, live and play.