UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. Our students, faculty, and staff come from across the United States and many different countries around the world. Expectations on crime and safety can vary widely.
Overall, the campus and off-site locations are located in safe areas, but no location is free from crime or a potentially hazardous situation. The men and women of the UC Santa Cruz Police Department are dedicated to serving the community by creating a safe and secure environment. However, they can’t do it alone.
In fact, Community Oriented Policing strategies form the basis of our police services, and underscore our working philosophy that the safety and security of the community is a shared responsibility. We further utilize these strategies to foster productive partnerships that are mutually beneficial to achieve successful outcomes, and reduce the impact of many hazards, including crime.
On behalf of all members of the UC Santa Cruz Police Department, I am pleased to present our 2015 Annual Uniform Crime Report to the community. This annual report also presents data collected over the past year on calls for service, crime statistics, and the report highlights the many activities and other additional programs that the department focused on during the year.
For more information on the UC Santa Cruz Police Department, please visit our website at police.ucsc.edu.
Chief of Police
UC Santa Cruz Police Department
UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING
The UC Santa Cruz Police Department Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program is part of a nationwide, voluntary cooperative national data collection effort administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the 1920s, the International Association of Chiefs of Police envisioned the need for statistics on crime in our nation. A program was developed and initiated. Since 1930, the FBI has been tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving the statistics in the current UCR program.
This data is used in law enforcement administration, operation, and management, as well as to indicate the fluctuations in the level of crime throughout the United States. More information about the UCR Program can be found at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr. The statistics collected for UC Santa Cruz are those that are reported to the Police Department and are investigated by our officers. The statistics are used to allocate resources as part of our crime prevention efforts, and to inform our community about crime in our community.
In addition to the statistics gathered for the UCR program, the UC Santa Cruz Police Department discloses additional statistics in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The Clery Act Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UC Santa Cruz; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.
Unlike statistics reported for the UCR program, UC Santa Cruz discloses crimes regardless of whether the crimes have been investigated by the police and regardless of whether a finding of guilt or responsibility has been assigned. UC Santa Cruz relies on the information obtained but is not responsible if the information is inaccurate or not provided. More information about our Clery Act program can be found at: http://police.ucsc.edu/crime-prevention/fire-clery-2014.pdf.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ POLICE DEPARTMENT
The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency dedicated to ensuring the safest possible environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We are a diverse group of well-trained, dedicated professionals who are committed to the highest standards of service. We encourage community involvement, and provide multifaceted safety and law enforcement programs in partnership with the community.
We value independent decision-making and the utilization of Community Oriented Policing strategies to foster strong partnerships between the campus administration, faculty, and students, as well as local law enforcement and public safety agencies. This type of collaboration greatly enhances our crime fighting efforts and tends to reduce crime and the fear of crime in our community. We strongly believe crime prevention requires effort from an entire community, and it is our role, as the Police Department, to lead the community by providing the training, outreach, and information necessary to help our citizens to actively engage in our crime fighting efforts.
The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is located on Carriage House Road, near the main entrance to the UC Santa Cruz campus. The Police Department is home to the Patrol Operations Division, Parking Enforcement, the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and Dispatch Center, the Records Unit, the Physical Security Systems Program, Police Student Ambassador Program, the campus Emergency Operations Center. A public counter for filing police reports, obtaining information, and paying parking fines is also located at the Police Department.
Employment opportunities within the UC Santa Cruz Police Department can be found at https://jobs.ucsc.edu. If you would like to learn more about the UC Santa Cruz Police Department please visit our website at http://police.ucsc.edu, join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UCSCPD, and follow us on Twitter @UCSCPOLICE.
CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Without question, crime prevention was again at the heart of all our efforts in 2015. We dramatically increased our outreach, education, information sharing, intervention, and enforcement efforts and sought to provide more ways for the campus to interact with department staff.
Examples of some of the many programs and services we delivered are:
Active Shooter/Mass Shooting Training:
In June 2015, we hosted four days of experiential training for more than 80 officers from Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties in best practices when responding to mass shootings in a university environment. The eight-hour training sessions included classroom instruction, as well as response and recovery scenarios, which included providing tactical medicine to those that may be injured at any given scene.
In addition to training the officers, we provided more than 10 four-hour Community Response to Active Shooter Incidents training sessions to more than 1,500 community members including students, faculty, and staff throughout the year. We also provided training to the staff at the Cowell Health Center on mass casualty triage.
Moreover, we participated in the development of a two-hour Response to Active Shooters training video for the Commission on Peace Officers Standards of Training.
Violence Against Women and the UC President’s Task Force on Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault:
Major revisions to the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for 2014 were completed to meet the compliance mandates of the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Included in the VAWA bill was the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination act (Campus SaVE), which amended the Clery act to afford additional rights to campus victims of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Moreover, changes to state law with the enactment of AB 1433 and SB 967 necessitated these revisions as well.
As part of this process, we also updated our Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) documents with our local law enforcement partners, the District Attorney’s Victim – Witness Program, and local crisis centers.
Extensive revisions to university policy and procedures were also adopted, not only to meet the new federal and state standards, but also to meet the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault issued by University of California President Janet Napolitano. As such, the UC Santa Cruz Police Department worked diligently with the Title IX Office to complete the revisions, develop comprehensive training to educate the community about the changes, implemented investigation and adjudication standards, developed awareness and communication strategies, and enhanced various support services. All of this work was completed by Dec. 31, 2015. More information about the task force and recommendations can be found at http://www.ucop.edu/ethics-compliance-audit-services/compliance/SVSA.html.
Moreover, all of our officers and dispatchers completed specific sexual assault and domestic violence investigation training, which included trauma informed interviewing, and legal updates for providing resources to victims of these crimes.
Citizen Police Academy:
Focusing on community and police relationships, the 10-week course graduated over 75 students over three academic quarters, in 2015. Students in the Academy received instruction, training and real hands on experience about constitutional rights and the 1st Amendment, crowd management, search and seizure, and laws of arrest. More information about the Citizen Police Academy can be located at http://police.ucsc.edu/get-involved/academy.html.
Police Student Ambassadors:
In 2015, the Police Student Ambassador Program grew from 12 to 18 students. The Police Student Ambassadors, who act as a connection between the police department and the student body, have been an integral asset to enhancing relationships within the community.
Student Ambassadors assisted in the Citizen Police Academy, participated on hiring boards, provided security at McHenry Library and the Coastal Biology – Long Marine Lab Campus, coordinated public safety fairs, worked on special projects in the Records and Business Units, and maintained our website and social media presence.
With continued support from the generosity of donors to the UC Santa Cruz Parents Fund, the UC Santa Cruz Police Department Student Ambassadors continued to provide free nighttime safety escorts to the campus community. More information can be found at http://police.ucsc.edu/services/night-escort-safety-service.html.
Our Student Ambassadors have represented the police department extremely well and have been positively received by visitors at our public counter. More information about the Student Ambassador Program can be found at http://police.ucsc.edu/get-involved/student-ambassador.html.
In addition to the Student Ambassadors, the police department mentored our third Chancellor’s Undergraduate Intern to develop personal and professional skills. The student intern received a stipend of $8,200 split between the Chancellor’s Office and the police department that was paid towards the intern’s registration fees for the academic year.
Self-defense Classes for Women:
The UC Santa Cruz Police Department certified several officers and community members as instructors in the national R.A.D. program to teach self-defense. The physical techniques taught in the class were designed with women’s natural strength and ability in mind. Class instruction and demonstrations were targeted to decrease vulnerability and give women an increased sense of confidence and personal power. Class activities and discussions were also designed to help women identify their risks, evaluate their strengths, and explore their options for dealing with a perceived threat. Classes are offered quarterly.
Crime Prevention Presentations:
In 2015, more than 2,500 students, faculty, and staff attended crime prevention presentations throughout the year. These presentations covered a variety of topics that ranged from preparing for an active shooter situation, alcohol and other drug awareness presentations, preventing distracted driving, and issues surrounding workplace violence.
Motorcycle and Bicycle Patrols:
In 2015, we renewed our motorcycle and bicycle patrol programs after obtaining a Zero Emissions Motorcycle through a Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District grant, and four mountain bicycles through a California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) grant.
Crowd Management Training:
With the number of First Amendment assemblies that present themselves at UC Santa Cruz, we hosted multi-agency training related to the laws governing public assemblies and gatherings, crowd management and control techniques, use of force, and practice of tactics in order to provide a disciplined response to these types of events. In addition, we provided specific training for law enforcement command staff and UC executive administrators.
Cops and Coffee and BBQ with Badges Programs:
As part of our outreach and information sharing efforts, we hosted Cops and Coffee and BBQ with Badges sessions monthly with various faculty, staff, and student groups. These sessions brought police officers and the community members together to discuss issues and learn more about each other.
Emergency Notification and Timely Warnings:
UC Santa Cruz provides two categories of required communications: Emergency Notifications known as CruzAlerts, as well as Timely Warnings known as Community Crime Bulletins.
When appropriate, we issue these communications based on the confirmation of information present so that community members can take measures regarding their safety. More information can be found at http://police.ucsc.edu/crime-prevention/alerts/index.html.
ENFORCEMENT AND INVESTIGATION HIGHLIGHTS:
With average campus daily population of more than 25,000 students, faculty, staff, and guests, 2015 was another busy year for the UC Santa Cruz Police Department, as we handled 28,440 calls for service. A highlight of the types of calls can be found below.
- In addition to the calls for service our agency handled, our Parking Enforcement Officers issued more than 15,000 parking citations, as well as assisted in traffic control, motorist assistance, and event planning for graduations and other events.
- Throughout the year, we received numerous phone and email scam reports. The scams attempted to trick community members into providing bank account information, change direct deposit information, or claimed to be IRS representative or another federal agent to force them to make a bail payment or run the risk of being arrested. Several Community Crime Bulletins were issued to warn the community about the prevalence about the scams.
- We also received numerous reports of peeping incidents that occurred in numerous college dormitory bathrooms. Residents reported that while showering, suspects would hold a phone or camera above a curtain and photograph those showering. Several Community Crime Bulletins were issued to warn the community about this crime.
- Bicycle thefts are a prevalent crime on the campus. Although a few suspects have been arrested, most have not. There has not been an identified pattern for the thefts, as many are not reported in a timely manner. The thefts most often occur in the residential colleges, with the locks cut off or pried open. Community Crime Bulletins were issued to warn the community about these crimes.
- On Jan. 27, officers arrested a pair of auto burglars responsible for more than 20 incidents on campus. During the arrest, the officers recovered evidence from crimes committed on the campus and the local area. The suspects were later convicted of auto burglary; conspiracy to commit burglary; possession of burglary tools; possession of stolen property; unlawful possession of a prohibited knife; and possession of marijuana.
- On Feb. 7, officers responded to a large fight at Kresge College after numerous 911 calls. Although officers initially arrested a male student and a male unaffiliated with the campus on suspicion of battery, obstructing an officer, and drunk in public, subsequent investigation revealed that the incident stemmed from one or more of the suspects perceiving that one or more of the four identified victims belonged to a protected classification, as listed in the California Hate Crime Statues. After a lengthy investigation, with over 30 witnesses being interviewed, these two suspects were additionally charged with a hate crime. The suspects were held to answer after a preliminary hearing and the case has been set for trial.
- Throughout the year, officers planned and responded to a variety of groups that chose to express themselves within their First Amendment rights. Labor groups, religious groups, and student groups rallied, marched, protested/counter-protested, and held strikes. The officers successfully facilitated these groups, while maintaining public safety.
Most notably were the protest activities that occurred during the first week of March, when student groups announced a student walkout as part of a call for "96 Hours of Action" at UC Santa Cruz. This “action” was part of a larger movement opposing tuition hikes.
On March 3, six UC Santa Cruz students took it upon themselves to chain themselves together and block traffic on Highway 17 at the interchange with Highway 1. UC Police assisted the California Highway Patrol disentangling the students, arresting and booking them into the county jail, and the subsequent investigation. Ultimately, these students were convicted of misdemeanor violations, suspended from UC Santa Cruz, placed on three years probation, and ordered to collectively pay approximately $25,000 in restitution costs to the law enforcement agencies that responded.
On March 5, during another “action” activity, a UC Santa Cruz student reported being blocked by several protestors while attempting to drive a motorcycle onto campus at the West Entrance on Empire Grade Road. Several protestors held the student and one suspect stole a camera affixed to the victim's helmet and left the area. Although a person of interest was identified, no criminal charges have been filed.
In addition to this “action,” we managed the annual unsanctioned “420” assembly. This gathering involved a large number of individuals in or near the Porter Meadow smoking marijuana with the greatest impact between 3 and 6 p.m. This event created a great impact to campus safety, especially as it attracted many unaffiliated persons to the campus.
- On Aug. 17, officers arrested a 25-year-old Santa Cruz man in connection to an anonymous social media post that referenced creating explosives, homicide, suicide, and a past university shooting. This was brought to our attention by a concerned parent who called our dispatch center.
Based on the posting, officers were able to find the suspect along with evidence that he wrote the post. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail. Subsequent investigation revealed that he was a suspect in threats made against federal employees in Oakland. Information from our case led to the US Attorney filing criminal charges against the suspect as well. Both cases are still being prosecuted as he has been held to answer on all the felony charges.
- On Nov. 24, officers responded to a kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon (knife), terrorist threats, battery, and false imprisonment at Oakes College. Four student victims suffered minor injuries, including contusions to the face and complaints of pain from the attack. They were treated by the Santa Cruz Fire Department on scene. This case is on-going.
- We also partnered with our Student Health Center Alcohol and Other Drug Initiative with the “Safe Party Patrols.” Our officers along with the City of Santa Cruz Police Department and the California Highway Patrol patrolled together on certain evenings during the fall quarter to respond to incidents of alcohol-related violations, “loud and unruly” party locations and to educate the community on celebrating safely and legally.
- The Patrol Division provided mutual aid for a variety of large-scale events at UC San Francisco, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Berkeley, as well as for the City of Santa Cruz and California State Parks. The Police Department also participated in several community events such as the annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial, Special Olympics fundraising, and a “Cookies for Cops” event at a local elementary school.
In addition to the enforcement and investigation efforts, many professional staff members played a key support role within the department
- The Records Unit, which is responsible for the Police Department Public Counter, processed and maintained all crime, information, accident, towed vehicle and arrest reports generated by the Police Officers, and Parking Enforcement Officers, in addition to reports and documents received from the public. The duties also include maintaining evidence and lost and found property, responding to all subpoenas, public information act requests, as well as other inquiries submitted by both the public and other government agencies.
- The Physical Security Systems program continued to provide guidance on installation and testing of access control measures on the campus. This included computerized monitoring of alarms, access control to various buildings on the campus, video monitoring, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) review for new construction and remodel projects.
- The Public Safety Dispatchers continued to monitor security cameras, duress alarms and the campus fire alarm system installed throughout campus. The Public Safety Dispatch Center provided a wide variety of both emergency and non-emergency communications services to the campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to 911, the Dispatch Center answered more than 100 other phone lines including Blue Light Phones, Elevator Emergency Call Boxes, seven digit emergency lines, the police nonemergency lines, Fire Department nonemergency lines, General Maintenance Emergencies, Community Safety Officer (CSO) line, and the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, all while receiving and responding to radio requests from the Patrol Division.