University of California, Riverside

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About UNET

The University Neighborhood Enhancement Team (UNET) is a cooperative effort between the University of California Police Department at Riverside and the Riverside Police Department. Each agency has committed four officers and one sergeant to a seventeen square mile area which surrounds UC Riverside. In addition to responding to calls for service between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00am, officers are encouraged to identify community concerns and seek out community-oriented approaches to solving those concerns.

UNET team members work two shifts, day shift and swing shift. Officers from the University of California at Riverside are paired up with officers from the Riverside Police Department. This has proven crucial, as the officers can act as liaisons for the respective agency.

UNET team members work primarily in full uniform and drive marked police cars, but also occasionally work bike patrol. Team members have found that bike patrol has been very successful in fighting crime and has also worked as a tool for community based policing. Residents have been very receptive to bike patrol and have even asked to see the officers on bikes more frequently. The use of bicycles is especially effective in the many apartment complexes within the UNET boundaries, allowing officers to see and be seen in the interior portions of the complexes. Positive comments have been received from apartment managers and residents alike regarding the use of bicycles. Additionally, though no formal data exists, it does appear that officers are more approachable on a bicycle than in a patrol car. Officers appear to be more visible to the average citizen and less visible to the criminal elements. In crowd control situations, bicycles also afford greater and quicker access compared to the automobile.

UNET works very closely with the University Neighborhood Association (UNA). UNA is a community action group which is comprised of residents, university students, and university staff who live in the immediate area. UNET team members attend UNA monthly meetings and bring community concerns back to the team. The team has proactively worked on the concerns of UNA and brought several livability issues to a close. Traffic problems, noise ordinance problems, and municipal code violations continue to be the main community concerns. In response to these concerns, team members have developed collaborative solutions, including working jointly with Riverside City Code Enforcement officers and the UCR Student Conduct Office. As a result, proactive and cooperative steps are taken to improve the quality of life in the university neighborhood. UNA has been instrumental in identifying problems in the university neighborhood, and UNET continues to work closely with this organization, as their goal is to better their neighborhood

Team members have also been assigned to individual apartment complexes within the UNET boundaries and work closely with those apartment managers. When applicable, UNET team members seek joint solutions with the managers through the Riverside Crime Free Multi Housing Program. The apartment managers, as well as the UNET officers, have been very receptive to the program and continue to collaboratively make their complexes safe for their residents.

Since the UNET team was developed in 1994, there has been a significant decrease in violent crimes in UNET reporting districts. The significance of the decrease should be filtered, to some degree, with the regional and national trends of decreasing crime. Certainly, the team cannot claim sole responsibility for the decrease in crime. Rather, the UNET community, working hand in hand with the police and taking responsibility for their neighborhoods, deserves most of the credit.

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