Operations

a UCPD Division

Residential Security Liaison Program

The Residential Security Liaison Program is a volunteer-based program provided by sworn officers of the UC Berkeley Police Department. Officers who volunteer to be Residential Security Liaisons (RSLs) are called upon to work regular shifts at UC Berkeley's residences, including Units I, II, and III and Albany Village. Volunteers are recruited annually, and RSLs are dedicated to a particular location for the duration of their assignment.

SAFETeam Program

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.

Special Event and Security Assessments

The UCPD Special Events Unit is responsible for approving major events or events requiring security personnel on campus.

Our special events range from athletic events (300 to 60,000 spectators), concerts, dances, benefit events, University and Campus events, VIP visits, and other one-time activities.

Major events for registered students organizations (RSO) and non-departmental personnel are defined in the "Major Events Hosted by Non-Departmental Users" policy at

Special Response Unit (SRU)

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).

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 capabili

UC Berkeley Annual Fire Safety Report

Public Law 110-315 states that all Title IV eligible institutions participating in any Title IV program and that maintain on-campus student housing facilities must publish an Annual Fire Safety Report, maintain a fire log, and report fire statistics to the Secretary of Educa- tion.

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. 

Night Safety Tips

The UC Berkeley campus is situated in an urban environment, and though campus areas are relatively safe, the campus is not immune to crime. Your best defense is to adopt an attitude of awareness and to take precautions when you must walk alone.

First and foremost, we encourage you to utilize the Night Safety Shuttle and/or BearWALK Nighttime Escort Service, but we know there will be times when you cannot. In those cases, follow these guidelines

What to do if you are stopped by a police officer

If a police officer approaches to speak with you, that will not necessarily mean that you have broken the law.

Why You May Be Stopped

Officers may need to stop someone if