Crime Prevention Unit

Crime Prevention Unit

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The UCPD Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) supports the public safety and security missions of the department by coordinating with campus and outside resources to maximize the effectiveness of various public safety and security policies, programs, systems and technologies.  The CPU performs security surveys for campus properties, consults on the planning and design of security systems in new and renovated facilities, and provides guidance on other physical, environmental and organizational security needs and concerns.  CPU staff also administers certain campus policies and assists with presentations & outreach efforts for UCPD.

For more information about CPU functions, please select:

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.

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

As of April 2021, the campus security technology systems (access control, security alarms & security cameras) are no longer managed by UCPD. For new contact information and guidance, please select an option below: