Presidential Task Force on Universitywide Policing
Feb. 1, 2019 at UC Irvine
Chair Bustamante was invited by student leadership to participate in a town hall on campus at UC Irvine on February 1, 2019. Chair Bustamante briefed students, staff and faculty members on the final recommendations submitted to the President, communicated timelines and discussed next steps to be taken by the Office of President related to implementation. Chair Bustamante communicated that any comments should be submitted to the President directly for consideration as the task force concluded its work December 2018.
Jan. 30, 2019 at UC Santa Barbara
Chair Bustamante was invited by student leadership to participate in a town hall on campus at UC Santa Barbara on January 30, 2019. Chair Bustamante briefed students, staff and faculty members on the final recommendations submitted to the President, communicated timelines and discussed next steps to be taken by the Office of President related to implementation. Chair Bustamante communicated that any comments should be submitted to the President directly for consideration as the task force concluded its work December 2018.
Dec. 14, 2018, at UCOP
During its fifth and final all-day in-person meeting, the task force devoted the full day to reviewing and finalizing its recommendations to the President. Chair Bustamante updated the task force on his October town halls with students. President Napolitano spoke to the task force, emphasizing the importance of the work they’re doing and thanking the group for their contributions. The feedback and final recommendations decided on by the group will be incorporated into the final report delivered to the President by December 31, 2018.
December 1, 2018, at UC Riverside
Chair Bustamante was invited to participate in a board meeting for the University of California Students Association (UCSA) on campus at UC Riverside on December 1, 2018. Chair Bustamante presented draft recommendations to the Board, provided updates on process and timelines and answered questions from UCSA Board members.
November 30, 2018, at UC Riverside
Chair Bustamante was invited to participate in a town hall hosted by the UC Student Association (UCSA) on campus at UC Riverside on November 30, 2018. Chair Bustamante provided an overview of the Task Force process and an update on progress to date, including a review of the draft recommendations. Chair Bustamante answered questions and received feedback from students and community members in attendance.
Oct. 30, 2018, at UC Merced
Chair Bustamante was invited to participate in a town hall at the request of the University of California Student Association (UCSA) on campus at UC Merced on Oct. 30, 2018. Chair Bustamante updated students, staff and community members on the progress of the task force to date and answered questions from attendees. Feedback and comments from the UC Merced community will be shared with the task force.
Oct. 15, 2018, at UC Davis
Chair Bustamante was invited to participate in a town hall hosted by the Office of the Chancellor on campus at UC Davis on October 15, 2018. Chair Bustamante updated students, staff and community members on the progress of the task force to date and answered questions from attendees. Feedback and comments from the UC Davis community will be shared with the task force.
Oct. 9, 2018, at UCOP
During its fourth all-day in-person meeting the task force devoted the full day to reviewing, discussing and ultimately making decisions regarding which draft recommendations will move forward to the report. The group discussed detailed recommendations related to training, protocols and policies regarding use of force, the complaint process, and community engagement and outreach efforts. The task force made significant progress toward finalizing its draft recommendations. The task force will now begin moving forward with drafting its report. When complete, a draft of the report will be made available to students, staff and faculty members to review and provide feedback for consideration before the report is finalized and delivered to President Napolitano.
Chair Bustamante provided the task force with a summary of his most recent student town hall at UC Berkeley where he had a robust discussion with students about the task force, their perspectives, concerns and experiences. As the draft is being developed, Chair Bustamante will be visiting different campuses to meet with student groups and continue the conversation in an effort to better understand their positions and concerns.
The final in-person meeting of the task force is scheduled for Nov. 19 in Oakland. President Napolitano is scheduled to address the task force during the final meeting.
Oct. 2, 2018, at UC Berkeley
Chair Bustamante was invited to participate in a town hall hosted by the UC Student Association (UCSA) at UC Berkeley (UCB) on Tuesday October 2, 2018. The meeting was also open to the community; attendance was comprised of various student representatives, UCSA leadership, and UCB faculty.
During the meeting, the students shared their experiences and perspectives on their interactions with UC Police Department (UCPD) on the campus and made suggestions about enhancing communication with the UCPD, and offered other thoughts about how to encourage further dialogue across the UC system. Chair Bustamante answered questions regarding the task force’s progress to date and steps moving forward as well as general questions regarding police issues on campus, new policies that are in progress and new legislation pertaining to law enforcement operations. Students discussed a policy on police participation in campus public gatherings, police training and the concept of procedural justice. Chair Bustamante emphasized that when the task force concludes, one of the recommendations to the president will be to continue engagement with students and other relevant stakeholders on these important issues.
Chair Bustamante’s office is currently working with various campus student groups to organize additional meetings and is considering other options for student participation such as call in and livestream for those unable to attend in person.
Sept. 12, 2018, at UCOP
During its third all-day in-person meeting, the task force:
- Participated in a discussion with guest speakers Hassan Aden, a former police chief of Greenville, North Carolina, and Michael Gennaco, a former chief attorney in the Office of Independent Review for Los Angeles County, about police practices in municipalities and different community engagement models.
- Heard and engaged in a presentation by Dominick Williams, a UC Berkeley student and member of the UC Student Association, who shared the student perspective on policing issues and presented student recommendations that focus on improved or additional accountability, transparency, training, communication and engagement, particularly with students.
- Continued developing draft recommendations aimed at strengthening the complaint filing process, use of force policies and training, and community outreach.
The task force plans to continue developing its recommendations at its next in-person meeting in October. The date of the meeting will be announced soon.
The task force plans to share recommendations with the UC community for comment and input before it is finalized.
Sept. 9, 2018, at UC Berkeley
The UC Student Association invited Chair Bustamante to attend a board meeting at UC Berkeley, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. This meeting was open to the community; attendance was comprised of various student representatives, UCSA leadership, Student Affairs and others.
SVP Bustamante updated the group on the task force’s progress, next steps and the agenda for the Sept. 12 meeting. He emphasized the importance of continuing the dialogue with the students to ensure their views and concerns are being heard by the task force. This discussion continued with a student presentation by Dominick Williams at the Sept. 12 task force meeting.
During the Sept. 9 meeting, SVP Bustamante noted that he is very interested in having additional conversations with students in an effort to better understand their positions and concerns. His office is currently working with UCSA leadership to facilitate additional meetings at different UC locations.
June 18, 2018, at UC Irvine
During its second all-day in-person meeting, the task force:
- Heard and engaged in a presentation from L. Song Richardson, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, on implicit (unconscious) bias and how it influences people’s expectations, perceptions and behavior in ambiguous situations.
- Received data from three UC locations on those campus communities’ satisfaction with campus police as well as reviewed input from UC representatives submitted through various methods prior to the meeting.
- Broke into small workgroups to begin developing initial recommendations that address the complaint filing process, use of force policies and training, and how campus police departments can better engage with the community. These discussions took into account factors such as anticipated costs, potential risks and benefits, the feasibility of implementation, organizational and staffing needs, and the amount of time that would be required.
- Identified additional information that is needed to continue developing and refining its initial recommendations.
The task force plans to continue its work at its next in-person meeting on Sept. 12 at UC Irvine.
April 11, 2018, at UCOP
Chair Bustamante convened the first meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Universitywide Policing, and opened with welcoming remarks. He provided an overview of the task force’s goals, objectives and timeline.
During the day-long meeting, the task force:
- Heard a presentation from Brian Buchner, policy director in the Los Angeles mayor’s Office of Public Safety, on best practices for handling police complaints including making information about the complaint process accessible to the public to help build a culture of transparency; tools and mechanisms for receiving complaints; conducting investigations into those complaints; disposition of complaints and community engagement.
- Heard a presentation from Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jody Stiger on the federal laws, case laws and policies that define use of force policies in California.
- Received an overview of the UC Police Department, its history and the systemwide policy on use of force.
- Brainstormed and discussed ideas for the ideal complaint process; training, protocols and policies related to use of force; the post-incident review process; and how departments can engage and build trust with the community.
The next in-person meeting of the task force is scheduled for June 18 at UC Irvine, with additional in-person meetings slated for later this year. The task force also plans to use an online collaborating tool to continue its work and discuss issues in between its in-person meetings.