Date: April 27, 2021
From: Monroe Gorden, Jr., J.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dear Bruin Students:
The University of California Office of the President is proposing changes to the Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures (PDF), which are applicable to UC peace officers and constitute a directive for members of the UC Police Department.
These policies and procedures, which are updated annually and undergo a comprehensive review at least every three years, are created to provide direction and guidance to the members of the UC Police Department and include a framework for the protection of the UC community and UC property. These policies and procedures set forth the responsibilities of UC peace officers on all 10 campuses and related medical centers.
Proposed changes include:
- An updated Use of Force policy (PDF):
The Use of Force policy was updated based on legislative changes to the use of deadly force (Assembly Bill 392), and language required in a use of force policy (Senate Bill 230) as well as additions/clarifications to definitions, and revisions to emphasize de-escalation.
- A new Body Worn Audio/Video Systems policy (PDF):
The Body Worn Video policy was drafted in order to have a systemwide approach to the use of body worn cameras, which were purchased and distributed to the campuses in 2019/2020.
- A new Systemwide Response Teams policy (PDF):
The Systemwide Response Teams policy was drafted based on recommendations by the Robinson/Edley report to create specialized response teams to respond to critical situations.
- A new Concealed Carry Weapons policy for retired officers (PDF):
The Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) policy was established to provide a systemwide and consistent policy on the issuance of concealed carry weapons to qualified retired police officers (as UC is required to do by statute).
As part of the formal process for revising these policies, the UC Office of the President is soliciting feedback on these proposed changes, which are available for public review and comment. We invite you to review the proposed changes and submit comments or questions to Melanie Carr at Melanie.Carr@ucop.edu by May 31, 2021.
Monroe Gorden, Jr.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs