Most categories of crime at UC Davis fell or remained flat in 2012, according to statistics released by the campus on Tuesday.
Down from 2011: Forcible sex offenses (18 reported), robberies (three), burglaries (55), motor vehicle theft (15), weapons violations (four), drug arrests (22) and liquor arrests (29), both at the Davis and Sacramento campuses, as well as other sites controlled by UCD.
Aggravated assault (nine) and arson (five) ticked upward.
“We’re working with the community to keep the campus a safe place to work, study, visit and live,” Police Chief Matt Carmichael said in a news release. “We know we can’t do it alone, and our approach is to work with students, faculty and staff as much as we can.”
Liquor disciplinary actions continued to shoot up — to 282, up from 258 taken in 2011 and 208 in 2010. Drug disciplinary actions went up by four, to 71, but remained lower than two years prior, when that figure stood at 87.
One possible explanation for the number of alcohol-related arrests on or near the main campus dropping from 53 to 29: a coordinated effort by police, merchants, campus officials and Picnic Day organizers since the debacles of 2010 and 2011, which provoked talk about canceling the event altogether. On Picnic Day 2011, police arrested 54 people and issued 207 citations, most of them downtown.
Picnic Day crime has fallen off over the past two years with increased policing, the cooperation of bars and restaurants, and more locally targeted promotion of the annual open house — promotion that emphasizes a zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol.
Fifteen of the 18 sex offenses reported in 2012 took place at student residences, as did incidents leading to 264 of the 282 liquor disciplinary actions. Nine of 15 vehicle thefts took place at the UCD Medical Center campus in Sacramento.
Figures are compiled annually under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. They include reports taken by campus police and agencies with adjacent jurisdictions.
UCD reported no hate crimes, as defined by the Clery Act. In 2011, the campus reported one incident of hate-related vandalism. In 2010, UCD reported two assaults, five incidences of vandalism and one incident of intimidation, as defined under the law.
The campus’ most common crime does not fit into a Clery category: In 2012, 447 bicycle thefts were reported, compared to 436 in 2011, according to police.
Crimes disclosed to victims’ advocates through the Campus Violence Prevention Program, coaches or other employees considered “campus security authorities” under the act are also included in the Clery numbers.
Victim advocates are available 24 hours a day through the Violence Prevention program, which also holds sexual assault awareness and violence prevention workshops for all new students.
Among the steps taken in response to the November 2011 pepper-spraying of protesters by police are revising its policy manual, in cooperation with the consultant Lexipol and members of the campus community.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California also played a role in the revisions, as a result of a $1 million settlement between the university of Occupy UC Davis protesters.
Promoted to chief in the wake of the pepper-spraying, Carmichael also has instituted a student cadet program, which graduated its first class in May. Five cadets, all graduating seniors, were awarded police academy scholarships. One, Emily Chen, was recently sworn in as an officer.
The department also has made a point of taking more officers out of cruisers, favoring bike and foot patrols instead.
In June 2013, UCD, the city of Davis and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office established an alternative court of community members to handle low-level, nonviolent cases, like public drunkenness or petty theft.
Since its inception, the court has heard 51 cases, 15 of them from UCD.
Online: http://police.ucdavis.edu, http://cvpp.ucdavis.edu, http://sahelp.ucdavis.edu/.
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