About

UC Berkeley Police

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Chief's Message

Working to keep our campus safe is a top priority for UCPD, Berkeley and we take acts of crime against members of our campus community very seriously. It is our obligation to aggressively investigate all reported crimes in our jurisdiction, and we have a number of cross-disciplinary systems in place to support survivors of crime.

We hope the information here will inspire you to consider taking part in some of the many crime prevention programs offered at UC Berkeley. By acting responsibly, caring for your fellow community members, and remaining vigilant, each of us can make the campus a safer place.

Go Bears!

 — Margo Bennett, Chief of Police

The UC Berkeley campus has a dedicated, full-service police department.

UCPD, located at 1 Sproul Hall, has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on the campus of the University of California and associated University properties. The department is empowered as a full-service state law enforcement agency pursuant to section 830.2 (b) of the California Penal Code and fully subscribes to the standards of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Officers receive the same basic training as city and county peace officers throughout the state, plus additional training to meet the unique needs of a campus environment.

The department handles all patrol, investigation, crime prevention education, emergency preparedness, and related law enforcement duties for the campus community and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

UCPD coordinates closely with the city police department, operating joint patrol programs in the south campus area, and communicating at all levels to ensure the effective provision of police services.