Crime Prevention Unit

Crime Prevention Unit

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March 2021 UPDATE: As directed by the Chancellor in June 2020, the security technology functions (mechanical access control, electronic access control, security alarms, security video) will be moved out of UCPD and reassigned to other campus units.  We expect this transition to be complete by mid-2021.  New contact information and procedures will be shared with campus stakeholders, and this page will be updated accordingly.

UCPD is determining how to reorganize the CPU duties that will be retained.  This information will also be updated here when known. 

The UCPD Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) is responsible for management and oversight of campuswide security systems including access control (keys & cardkey readers), alarms (intrusion and duress) and security video.  CPU staff perform security surveys for campus properties, consult on the planning and design of security systems in new and renovated facilities, and provide guidance on other physical security needs and concerns.  

CPU also provides and coordinates presentations & other outreach efforts for UCPD.  We are prepared to present information on a variety of topics and we can develop custom presentations to meet the needs of specific campus groups.

For more information and assistance with one of these core functions, please select:

To learn more about some of CPU’s other duties, choose from the following:

Security surveys and architectural plan review

A security survey is a comprehensive review of a specific location to identify opportunities for improving the safety and security of persons who use that space.  A number of strategies might be considered including the use of physical security hardware and technologies, adjustments to the built environment and changes to activities, procedures or systems.

Whether to address a specific issue or when attempting to understand and mitigate general safety concerns, our staff is available to perform security surveys of University properties upon request.  

CPU also participates in the review of campus architectural plans to optimize security systems and identify opportunities for crime prevention through environmental design.

For questions about security surveys and architectural plan reviews, please send an email to police@berkeley.edu or call the Crime Prevention Officer at (510) 642-3722.

Campus barrier pole system

UCPD is responsible for maintaining the campus barrier pole system, intended to deter unauthorized and potentially dangerous access of vehicles to campus service roads, paths, plazas and other open areas. 

Removable or automated campus barrier poles and gate-arms should remain in a closed and secured state except when actively being utilized for entry/exit by authorized persons, or as specifically approved by UCPD.  It is the responsibility of the last person who operated or authorized the operation of a barrier pole or gate arm to ensure it is properly closed and secured after use without unnecessary delay.  Automated barrier poles should only be operated by one person at a time and with appropriate precautions to prevent injury or damage as necessary.

For more information about campus barrier poles please refer to the Campus Access Control policy.  If you have questions about the policy or procedures, please send an email to police@berkeley.edu or call the Crime Prevention Officer at (510) 642-3722.  

Authorized campus representatives who wish to request the temporary removal of a barrier pole or need assistance with one-time access should send an email to police@berkeley.edu at least one week in advance.  Requests will be forwarded to the Patrol Lieutenant for review.  If access is needed immediately, please call UCPD at (510) 642-6760 (or 510-642-3333 for TTY users).

Emergency telephone kiosks and e911

The University maintains a system of emergency telephone kiosks (“blue light phones”) available for public use when needed on and near campus properties.  CPU staff consults on the appropriate placement and functioning of these kiosks, consistent with campus design standards and safety regulations and concerns.  

For more information about emergency telephone kiosks, or to report a damaged or malfunctioning kiosk, please send an email to police@berkeley.edu or call the Crime Prevention Officer at (510) 642-3722. 

In partnership with campus Information Systems & Technology and the UCPD Records & Communications Unit, CPU ensures that the campus provides sufficient wired telephones in buildings to meet e911 requirements and life-safety needs.  When such concerns exist, UCPD has the final authority to determine if a wired telephone should be installed, modified or removed.  For details, please consult the campus policy on voice communications (http://campuspol.berkeley.edu/policies/voicecomm.pdf).  

If you have questions about e911 standards please send an email to police@berkeley.edu or call the Crime Prevention Officer at (510) 642-3722.

Unmanned aircraft systems (drones) on campus

In partnership with the UC Berkeley Office of Risk Services UCPD administers the campus Unmanned Aircraft Systems policy.  All drone operators, whether commercial, recreational or affiliated with the University, are required to comply with this policy.

Flight request forms must be submitted to the Office of Risk Services and UCPD to seek approval a minimum of 7 (seven) business days in advance of the planned flight.   A post-flight report must also be filed with UCPD no later than 3 (three) business days after any flight.  

Additional rules and restrictions apply - for details and forms, please review the full policy:

Campus Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) policy

Flight request forms and post-flight reports may be sent by email to police@berkeley.edu and will be forwarded to the Lieutenant overseeing Special Events for review.  For questions about this process or policy please send an email to police@berkeley.edu or call the Crime Prevention Officer at (510) 642-3722. 

To report a violation, call UCPD at (510) 642-6760 (or 510-642-3333 for TTY users).

IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911

Dogs/Animals on campus property policy

The CPU assists in administration of the campus Dogs/Animals on Campus Property policy and reviews requests for exemptions.  

To request an exemption, send an email to police@berkeley.edu or call the Crime Prevention Officer at (510) 642-3722.  

To report a violation, call UCPD at (510) 642-6760 (or 510-642-3333 for TTY users).

IN AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911