The University of California puts the highest priority on the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities. One component of that safety and security involves the men and women of the UC police departments and their relationships with our communities. Strong relationships of mutual trust between police officers and the communities they serve are critical in building and sustaining community trust, effective policing and safe communities.

With this in mind, President Janet Napolitano has created a presidential task force to examine the investigative practices, use of force-related policies and training of the UC police departments in an effort to strengthen the departments’ practices and their relationships and interactions with the community. The task force will provide a written report with guidance and recommendations by December 2018. It will focus on the review of current procedures and establishing a process for continuously re-evaluating best practices going forward.