Make a Report

Emergency Contact

Contact

Phone Number
Any Emergency 911
UCPD Direct Emergency (510) 642-3333
UCPD TTY (510) 642-3333
Blue Light Phone Red button

Is it an Emergency?

Is this an "imminent threat to life, limb or property"?  If it is, call 9-1-1 immediately.

You can also press the red button on any of the Code Blue Phones around campus to reach UCPD. But there are other reasons to report crime, even if it is not an emergency. 

It helps law enforcement...

  • find and arrest a suspect in a crime
  • track criminal activity and identify trends in various areas
  • recover stolen property
  • reduce the liklihood that others will be victimized
  • prevent future crimes.

Non-emergency reporting

We also encourage you to report a crime that is no longer in progress, or a series of crimes you have observed. If you were a victim of a crime, witnessed a crime, or are aware of the occurrence of crime that is no longer in progress, please contact the police and tell them you'd like to file a police report.

Call UCPD on the non-emergency line (510) 642-6760. You can call with a general question or concern and the on-duty Sergeant can help.

In person, all hours of the day, every day of the year

Visit the police department at 1 Sproul Hall (basement). During business hours an investigator can help you create a thorough report, asking questions to help law enforcement conduct a thorough investigation.

How to Report a Crime

Dialing 911 from a landline anywhere on campus, or dialing (510) 642-3333 from a cell phone will connect to UCPD's dispatch center as an emergency call.

  • Where are you?
  • Where did it happen?
  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?

If you are on campus property, you can also use a blue light or "code blue" phone to make a 911 call. There are blue light phones installed along walkways and near building entrances and exits. Be aware of them, because you can reach UCPD with one press of a button. Press the red button of a code blue phone for a direct connection to UCPD dispatch. The dispatcher will instantly be able to see your exact location on campus and can dispatch an officer within minutes.

If the crime you observe is still in progress, or you have been the victim of a crime, your first responsibility is to ensure your own safety before making the call. These are ways you can make yourself safer:

If you are outside your home, get to a public area, such as an open store, a restaurant or hotel.
If at home, go to a safe area of the house, or go outside.

Our non-emergency line

Do not call 9-1-1 to report minor accidents, a loud party, power outages, or a crime that is no longer in progress. Instead, call the UCPD non-emergency line, (510) 642-6760. UCPD has personnel available at this line all hours of the day, all days of the week. They can receive requests for assistance or offer advice about your reporting options.

Why should I report?
There are some very good reasons, in addition to prosecuting criminal activity, to promptly report crime.

Information about certain types of crime may affect the safety of others. These crimes include murder, rape, sexual assault (identity of victims is kept confidential), burglary, robbery, and motor vehicle theft. Timely notification about these crimes will be made to the campus community and everyone's awareness of the danger can make a difference.
Your report will help UCPD maintain accurate records of the incidence of crime on campus.
The University of California Police Department is the primary agency for reporting and investigating all crimes that occur on Berkeley campus property. UCPD coordinates responses to crime in adjoining jurisdictions, when requested to do so.

Person and Vehicle Descriptions

Refer to these checklists when reporting suspect persons or vehicles

Describe a suspect person
Make a note of anything you can remember about:

  • Sex
  • Height
  • Race
  • Weight
  • Age
  • Hat
  • Glasses
  • Hair
  • Facial Hair
  • Coat
  • Shirt
  • Pants
  • Shoes
  • Weapon

When you can see a suspect and are reporting to our Dispatchers, they will ask you to scan from top to bottom.

Describe a suspect vehicle
If a motor vehicle is involved in a crime report the following information:

  • Activity,
  • Direction of travel,
  • License plate,
  • Color,
  • Make/model,
  • Unusual characteristics (e.g., dents, bumper stickers, graphics, wheels, tinted windows, lifted/lowered),
  • Number of persons, etc