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The University of California was established in 1868, and moved its first campus to Berkeley in 1873. The San Francisco and Los Angeles campuses followed in 1873 and 1919, respectively. The original UCPD department at Berkeley was founded after World War I. In September 1947, the Regents of the University of California established UCPD as a state law-enforcement agency.
Authority and jurisdiction
The UCPD is one of several police agencies in California having a state-wide jurisdiction and authority (other examples include the California Highway Patrol, the California State University Police Department, and the California Department of Fish and Game). UCPD officers, like most California police officers, are empowered by section 830.2(b) of the California Penal Code, giving them authority as duly sworn peace officers throughout the state of California. As specified by Section 92600 of the California Education Code, their primary jurisdiction extends to the campuses and properties owned by the Regents of the University of California, as well as lands within a one-mile (1.6 km) radius of those campuses.
The department consists of ten departments (one for each UC campus), each led by its own chief of police. Unlike other police departments in the state, there is no single chief of the UCPD, however one chief is selected as the department’s central coordinator (currently Chief Pamela E. Roskowski of UCSF). The coordinator is responsible for compiling crime statistics from each campus, as required by the Clery Act, and for ensuring that the various departments are operating within the UCPD’s mission. However, the coordinator does not dictate the day-to-day operations of the department, and each department sets its own Standard Operating Policies.
|Chief of Police, UC Davis Police Department|
Annette M. Spicuzza, who took office on May 16, 2005, is the first woman to be permanently appointed to Chief of the UC Davis Police Department. Prior to her employment at UC Davis, she was assistant police chief at the University of Washington in Seattle.
She is now infamous for blatantly lying to media about the circumstances surrounding the police brutality against peaceful protesters on the UC Davis Campus on November 18, 2011. She was placed on administrative leave on Monday, November 21, 2011 pending a review of this incident.
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