Our department runs several different operations that work together to ensure the safety of the UC Berkeley Campus and its students.
Active Patrol Teams and Programs
The Patrol Bureau provides primary and traditional law enforcement services to the Berkeley campus and nearby communities. Using a combination of mobile (car, motorcycle, bicycles, and specialized vehicles) and foot patrol, the Bureau serves an estimated population of 54,000 people, including over 9,000 residents in the campus residential facilities.
In addition to patrol duties, Patrol personnel actively serve the Department in other areas. They provide certified instruction for in-service training and to outside agencies in a variety of programs including: firearms training, weaponless defense, impact weapons, first aid, crowd control and community policing. Bureau personnel also supervise and serve on our Negotiations and Entry Team (NET), Bomb Squad, and the Special Response Unit, which includes Dignitary Protection and a specialized Arrest Team.
The Patrol Bureau is responsible for the coordination of mutual aid requests made by other University of California campuses, local police agencies, and requests made under the California Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Plan.
The Patrol Bureau provides staffing for a variety of on and off campus public events. This requires coordination within the University as well as with federal, state and local police agencies.
Enforcement Unit (SDU & TAP)
Special Duties Unit
The Special Duties Unit (SDU) conducts targeted enforcement activities on and around the campus based on analyzed crime trends. SDU officers often patrol on bicycles, but also deploy on foot or in vehicles based on operational needs.
Telegraph Avenue Patrol
Telegraph Avenue Patrol (TAP) is a joint venture between UCPD and Berkeley PD. TAP officers work in pairs consisting of one UCPD officer and one City of Berkeley officer. They conduct uniform bicycle patrol of University and City properties, with a primary focus on Telegraph Avenue, People's Park, and the surrounding area.
The TAP started in 1970 and is our oldest joint policing program. It uses a multi-partnership approach to solve problems identified by the community.
Community Policing Defined, document from the Department of Justice.
The SafeTeam Program (formerly Building Watch) is an application of the neighborhood watch model adapted to a university setting. Each building is a unique “community” with specific concerns and needs. Officers assigned to these buildings work with Building Coordinators, students, staff and faculty to identify problems, and find solutions. The program increases communication between the Police Department and those who regularly work or live on campus property, to facilitate services that are building-specific and appropriate, and to increase resident awareness.
In over 70 campus buildings, SafeTeam Officers will do the following:
- Make regular visits to participating buildings in order to provide a visible police presence and stay familiar with building users and building issues.
- Work with Building Coordinators by email to review incidents and crime trends and recommend risk reduction measures.
- Distribute safety education materials to the building.
- Coordinate crime prevention presentations and/or informal Q&A sessions for building occupants.
SAFETeam Map and Log
Know the geographic zones and help us keep track of SAFETeam activity on campus.
Role of Building Coordinators
UCPD's SAFETeam program is for community policing. Its inception was based on Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) philosophy.
The SAFETeam program is tightly integrated with OEM's Building Coordinator program(link is external) for emergency response.
Community members inside campus buildings should first contact their assigned Building Coordinators to make them aware of any problems they are having. Then the Building Coordinator may reach out to their UCPD SAFETeam officer.
The University of California Berkeley’s nationally accredited and award-winning Bomb Team, staffed with a commander and certified bomb technicians, has been in existence for over 40 years. As a regional law enforcement asset, the Bomb Team provides service to the campus and 22 federal, state, county, local, and private agencies with which UCPD has a Memorandum of Understanding. The Team responds to calls for service both on and off campus, and provides explosive awareness training to allied agencies and organizations.
EOD Canine Program
Our Explosives Ordinance Detection (EOD) Canine Program consists of highly trained police officers who are partnered with well-schooled canines. These EOD Canine teams train regularly with the US Coast Guard, FBI, US Customs and Border Protection Agency, and other local agencies. They are deployed hundreds of times a year to sweep office buildings, classrooms, lecture halls, and various venues such as football games, graduations ceremonies, and other sensitive locations. In addition, the teams are often requested to assist other local, state and federal agencies. Our teams have competed in regional canine trials and have gained national recognition by winning these trials.
The explosive ordnance device (EOD) canine program, begun in 2001, provides security sweeps at many campus gatherings and sporting events.
Negotiation and Entry Team (NET)
The Negotiation and Entry Team (NET) combines two specialized units to form one uniform team. Trained negotiators are capable to handle various scenarios with their goal of defusing potentially dangerous situations. Their main function is to bring about non-violent endings to critical incidents through effective communication. The Entry Team component is staffed with officers who are trained in special weapons and tactics. The Entry Team is deployed in situations which are either beyond the capabilities of general police personnel or deemed as "high-risk." The Entry Team has also been deployed for search and arrest warrant service and dignitary protection details.
Special Response Unit (SRT)
The Special Response Unit (SRU) is comprised of sworn officers with a specialized dignitary protection, crowd control and mass arrest skill-set. SRU has been in existence for over two decades and has provided assistance to fellow UC campuses as well as surrounding agencies. The members of SRU also participate on the UC system-wide Special Response Team (SRT).