Office of the Chief

Chief Margo Bennett

Thank you for taking the time to review the information on this website for the University of California Police Department, Berkeley. The pages on this site are part of our ongoing effort to inform you of the many safety programs and services we have developed to support our community. You can also find guidelines about the proactive steps anyone can take to help us maintain a safe and secure campus. 

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.

From this site, visitors can also access the Campus Annual Security Report which discloses statistics for crimes that are reported to UCPD, to Berkeley's local police partners, and to our Campus Security Authorities (CSAs). As always, we encourage each of you to report suspicious and unlawful behavior to us at UCPD immediately. Each report will help to ensure that the Berkeley campus and city of Berkeley can be safe for all.

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

Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminal justice and a master’s in counseling psychology at at West Georgia University, then rose to the level of lieutenant there before moving to the FBI, where she worked for more than a decade. From there, she went to Northern Virginia Community College Police Department, where she became police chief for the multi-campus educational institution, the nation’s second-largest community college. Bennett joined the UCPD as a captain in 2002. She was sworn in as chief of police in May of 2013. 

Chief of Police, Margo Bennett