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
The Patrol Bureau provides primary and traditional law enforcement services to the Berkeley campus and nearby communities. Using a combination of mobile (car, motorcycle, bicycles, and specialized vehicles) and foot patrol, the Bureau serves an estimated population of 54,000 people, including over 9,000 residents in the campus residential facilities.
The Special Duties Unit (SDU) conducts targeted enforcement activities on and around the campus based on analyzed crime trends. SDU officers often patrol on bicycles, but also deploy on foot or in vehicles based on operational needs.
The Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) is composed of a Sergeant and five Detectives, well-trained and prepared to handle a full range of criminal investigations. Annually, CIB actively manages more than 500 cases including all reported felonies as well as misdemeanors involving sex crimes, weapons or events of significant violence.
All security activity in UC residence halls is supervised by the Residential Security Sergeant.
Each of the high rise buildings have a Security Monitor (SM). In addition, Community Service Officers (student employees of UCPD also known as CSOs) patrol the residence halls during the evening hours.
Resident Assistants provide safety programs for students, especially at the beginning of the year, and each unit is assigned a UCPD officer (a Residential Security Liaison) for additional coordination and information exchange.
Every case of stalking must be considered as potentially dangerous, and early intervention is critical. UCPD's Threat Management Unit (TMU) takes incidents of stalking seriously and officers have extensive experience coping with stalkers, developing safety plans for targets, and intervening when appropriate. Ask for the TMU detective at (510) 642-6760 when you have questions about steps you can take which may further ensure your safety. Additional resources for making a safety plan are
Harrassing or annoying communications, whether made by phone or any other electronic communications device, might include calls made by pranksters randomly or calls made intentionally by people with whom you have been acquainted. They can include calls at hours when you are sleeping; frequent pointless calls; calls where the caller says nothing; or obscene calls.
Our Security Patrol Officer (SPO) Program provides non-sworn, uniformed officers at University facilities both on and off of the central campus. Their primary responsibility is to provide security, and safeguard University property. They also provide other roles that include video technicians, field evidence collection, and special event staffing. In 2015, the SPO program provided security coverage at 14 campus sites, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of California Office of the President.