With a daily population of over 24,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors, UCR is comparable to a small city. There are no walls surrounding UCR, which means that there is open access to the campus 24 hours-per-day. Further, there are no restrictions on visitation to any campus housing area.

On-campus housing facilities range from bungalows and apartments designed for student families to multi-student apartment complexes and undergraduate student residence halls. The UCPD and Housing personnel work closely together to support a safer and comfortable living and learning environment. Available programs and activities include: Neighborhood Watch, nightly C.S.O. patrols (used to augment the round-the-clock police officer patrols), and dissemination of information to housing staff and residents.

The sharing of information through Community Crime Alerts and Housing newsletters helps to create a better informed resident, and therefore, a safer resident. However, residents, like all other community members, must take an active role in ensuring their own safety and security be exercising common sense. Part of this responsibility is to stay informed; lock the doors and windows of residences, vehicles and offices; and report the presence of unknown or suspicious persons to the UCPD.

A&I InteriorAt UCR, as in most communities, property crimes are the most prevalent problems, including: bicycle thefts, vehicle thefts, and burglaries (vehicle and residential). Although crimes against persons are rare, they do occur and must be considered as a part of a common sense approach to living, working and studying in the campus community.

The nature of the studies being conducted at UCR require that many of the buildings situated throughout the 1,200 acres of the campus remain open virtually 24 hours-per- day. Because the campus is so large and accessible, individuals having no legitimate business at UCR can find it easy to come onto campus and wander around looking for criminal opportunities. So, regardless of the time of day or night, no matter where you are on the campus, be alert and aware of your surroundings and exercise good common sense precautions as you would elsewhere.

Taking simple precautions can reduce your likelihood of being victimized:

  • Callbox
  • Stay informed about conditions on campus by reading available publications.
  • Take advantage of safety services provided by the University.
  • Use the Campus Safety Escort Service, or the "buddy system," when out at night.
  • Learn the locations of Emergency Call Boxes, Emergency Phones, pay phones, and the Police Department.
  • Lock-up your property at home, on-campus and in your car. This includes doors and windows.
  • Consider investing in a steering wheel locking device and/or alarm system for your vehicle. Don't scrimp on your bicycle lock.
  • Promptly report all crimes to the UCPD.
  • If you have any concern, or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact the UCPD, any of its employees, or any other UCR staff member.
  • Follow prevention guidelines.

The Communications Center at the University of California is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are 7 full-time Public Safety Dispatchers (PSD's) that work rotating shifts. There are 3 Lead Public Safety Dispatchers (LPSD's) who split training duties and record functions. The Communications Division is overseen by the Communications Supervisor.

PSD's monitor several talk groups on the 800 MHz radio system as well as the Riverside Police Department and Riverside Sheriff's Office radio frequencies. The radio system utilized by the Police Department is completely interoperable with other Police agencies; meaning they have the capability of patching several different frequencies onto one talk group. This capability is essential in the event of a major incident or an event with multiple agencies responding.

The Communications Center is also the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for all 9-1-1 calls originating from campus telephones. PSD's also answer all police business phones and emergency callbox lines. Emergency callboxes are located throughout the campus.

PSD's complete transactions utilizing the California Law Enforcement Teletype System (CLETS), National Law Enforcement Teletype System (NLETS) and various other local, state and federal systems.

Communications personnel also monitor various intrusion, robbery and fire alarms for campus property, and assist the public at the front counter.

Communications Training

New employees of UCPD Communications are placed in the training program with a Communications Training Officer (CTO). The training program consists of 4 phases; call taking, backup radio, primary radio and final evaluation.

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Special Events Safety

The University of California Police Department recognizes the rights of individuals to engage in constitutionally protected free speech and public assembly. The University of California Police Department also recognizes its responsibility to protect the rights of persons who choose to engage in such activity in reasonable manner. However, when the activity infringes on the rights and safety of others, the activity loses constitutional protection and may become a violation of law or university policy.

UCPD is one of the departments that must be involved in the pre-planning and research of all major special events held on the University campus. The reasons for detailed planning are:

  • To provide a safe and secure environment
  • To prevent crime
  • To maintain order
  • To protect persons and property
  • To respond to and implement emergency services when required.
  • To prepare for and request necessary emergency and non-emergency services.
  • To determine the best methods for achieving these goals in a cost effective manner

Special Events Risk Factors

The following risk factors often influence the staffing levels indicated on the matrix guide. These factors will be discussed with event organizers with the goals of (1) reducing risk and (2) making the event successful.

The Police Department looks at special events at three different risk levels. Those levels are identified as low, medium and high. Each event has factors attached that may increase or decrease the risk level which affect staffing.

Factors that increase risk levels for any event Factors that may decrease risk levels for any event
  • The need for personal protection for speakers, performers or guests
  • Guest(s) will be on campus at multiple locations
  • Off-campus advertising (non-UCR guests)
  • Cash protection/deliveries
  • Anticipation of large ticket sales (or oversell)
  • Night time event
  • Outdoor venue
  • Live/ amplified entertainment
  • Multiple events on the same day
  • Venues with multiple entrances
  • Traffic control needs
  • Sales of alcoholic beverages
  • Lack of timely notification to UCPD, EH&S, Risk Management, etc. (less than 3 weeks)
  • Other factors determined by UCPD, EH&S & UC Risk Manager
  • Guest(s) will be on campus at one general location
  • Events limited to UCR students, faculty and/or staff
  • Competing event elsewhere will affect attendance
  • Patrons are screened for weapons at the entrance
  • Prior events of similar nature with no history of safety problems or required police actions
  • Day time event
  • Indoor Venue
  • Shorter duration of event
  • Historically poor ticket sales
  • Student Affairs oversight and presence at student events
  • Formal or semi-formal events
  • Other factors determined by UCPD, EH&S & UC Risk Manager

Guidelines for Event Sponsors:

  • Have you given enough notification to UCPD, EH&S and Scheduling Department regarding your event (3 weeks)?
  • Will the event impact classes, other events, campus/city traffic or surrounding community in anyway?
  • What special safety considerations should be taken for day versus night time events?
  • How will the size of the crowd that gathers before and after the event impact our community?
  • How will potential complaints regarding noise, litter, parking and loitering be mitigated?
  • Does the event have proper insurance/liability coverage?
  • What if it rains?
  • Can medical or emergency personnel get into the venue without complications?
  • What is the maximum capacity of the venue?
  • What potential threats need to be shared with UCPD?

Special Event Staffing Matrix

  • The Police Department Staffing Matrix is a guideline to assist the planner in reasonably predicting the staffing levels necessary for their event. The number of the personnel assigned may vary as dictated by the nature of the particular event, or as calculated to be necessary by the Police Department, EH&S and UC Risk Manager and those responsible for the event. Ultimately, the decision of the Police Department regarding its deployment will prevail. Campus Policy #850-45
Low Risk - Medium Risk - High Risk
Estimate # of Attendance 0-100 101-200 201-500 501-1000 1001-2000 2001-3000 3000+
Invited guest/speakers 2 officers 2 officers 3 officers 3 officers
1 Sergeant
4 officers
1 Sergeant
6 officers
1 Sergeant
for each 500 attendees 2 additional officers
Fairs/Festivals 0 0 2 officers 3 officers
1 Sergeant
5 officers
1 sergeant
8 private security
6 officers
1 sergeant
10 private security
for each 500 attendees 2 additional officers
Dances 0 2 private security 2 officers 2 officers
2 private security
5 officers
1 sergeant
4 private security
6 officers
1 sergeant
6 private security
for each 500 attendees 2 additional officers
Live Concerts 0 2 private security 2 officers
4 private security
3 officers
1 sergeant
6 private security
5 officers
1 sergeant
8 private security
8 officers
2 sergeant
10 private security
for each 500 attendees 2 additional officers
Dignitary visitors, Commencements, Highlander Sports, Film Shoots, Regents Meetings To be determined by UC Police Department

Pre-Event Planning

Thorough research and planning substantially reduces unsafe conditions and unnecessary expenditures. Special event security is provided by utilizing UCPD police officers and/or security guards specifically assigned to the event. This occurs when the event requires services beyond the capabilities of the normal police patrol shift. Typical events requiring this service are athletic events, concerts, large dances/parties or other events with potential significant community impact (crowds, parking control, noise complaints, etc). Please note that security guards must be unarmed security guard services contracted with UCR Purchasing Department and verification of the assigned staffing for the event.

UCPD will assist special event organizers plan their event. Dial 951-827-5222 and ask to speak to the Sergeant or Lieutenant in charge of coordinating police services for special events. UCPD will base the need for security/police by employing the special events risk factors and staff matrix. For this reason, it is critical for event organizers to disclose all known risk factors to UCPD during the planning stage of the event. Negligent or intentional omission/disclosure of information that negatively impacts safety will result in re-calculation of increased security cost necessary to protect life/property.

Special Event Related Resources

Please note that special event organizers must coordinate with following departments to ensure the event is planed and covered for safety, security, liability, availability, parking, facility and approval:

  • University Police Department
  • Insurance/Business Agreement Analyst
  • Environmental Health & Safety /Fire Marshal
  • Non-Academic Scheduling
  • Transportation & Parking Services
  • Physical Plant
  • Appropriate department head for approval

Please remember that safety is everyone’s responsibility!



The Public Safety Enterprise Communications System (PSEC) is a countywide digital trunked radio system used in Riverside County. The Riverside County PSEC replaces the older Riverside County EDACS 800 MHz radio system that had been previously used by the county. The Riverside County PSEC system has 9 simulcast cells that cover most of the county, and a handful of fill-in sites for rural areas in the county. The 9 simulcast cells are named Northwest, Southwest, Ortega, San Jacinto, Palm Springs, Indio, Santa Rosa, Desert and Blythe. All users on the system—from law enforcement and everything down to the public works level—are running AES-256 encryption for all day to day operations and cannot be monitored by the public. There are, however, a few clear interop talkgroups (Call, ICS and Fleet Channels) on the system that can still be listened to using a scanner.

Questions or comments should be directed to David Ontiveros at 951-827-6191.

We want to remind our community about how to handle circumstances involving suspicious packages. A suspicious package or item can be anything that is out of place, cannot be accounted for or is suspected of being an explosive device.

If you receive or discover a suspicious letter or package:
  • Do not touch, tamper with, or move it
  • Call 9-1-1 and report what you suspect immediately to UCPD
  • Campus police will determine if evacuation or other action is necessary
  • Notify your supervisor of what you suspect

For more information about campus emergency procedures, go to the UCR Environmental Health and Safety website.

If you receive a suspicious letter or package, and suspect the possibility of a letter bomb, contact the police department immediately. Do not handle or move the letter or package no matter how much it had been handled before you became suspicious. The letter or package will be evaluated by the responding police officer. If necessary, bomb disposal experts will be called in to further handle the situation.


  • Oil Stains ("sweating" of plastic explosive)
  • Inks (particularly reds and blues), may bleed, staining the envelope
  • Use of extra sealing tape or string
  • Inner sealed enclosure
  • Peculiar odor
  • Wires, string, or foil sticking out or attached
  • Feeling of springiness in the sides, bottom, or top


  • Heavier than usual for its size
  • Weight unevenly distributed
  • Heavier than usual for its class (for example, an air mail envelope weighing more than two ounces)


  • Greater than normal, particularly along its center length


  • Not uniform, or with bulges
  • For medium size envelopes, the thickness of a small book and fairly rigid
  • For large envelopes, bulkiness, an inch or more in thickness


  • No return address or unusual return address
  • Hand printed
  • Addressed to a high ranking executive either by name, title, or department within the organization
  • Title for the executive is incorrect
  • Poorly typed or handwritten address


  • Marked (written or stamped) personal, confidential, private, or eyes only
  • Marked (written or stamped) air mail, registered, certified, or special delivery
  • Misspelled words, particularly those in common business usage
  • Style of writing is foreign


  • Excessive postage for the piece


  • From an unusual city or town in the United States
  • None, hand-delivered or messenger