UCSB Police Department

Who We Are

UCSB Police Officers have statewide jurisdiction; are duly sworn under section 830.2 of the California Penal Code; and are trained under state guidelines and mandates. The UCSB Police Department is a full service police organization that is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Chief Alex Yao

We take great pride in providing and promoting a safe and secure environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors here at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  We strive to work collaboratively and cooperatively with all members of the University, and surrounding communities, in providing comprehensive, community-centered and professional police services where the vibrant and diverse campus community can thrive. UCSB PD values transparency in policing and I encourage you to contact us if you have any questions related to the services provided by our department.

Patrol Division

University of California Police Officer generally provide for the peace, safety, and security of persons and facilities on the University campus, properties owned, controlled, or occupied by the University of California. It is the function of the patrol unit to provide twenty-four hour uniformed patrol coverage and police response to all areas of the university. Officers provide preventative patrols on foot, bicycle, all-terrain vehicles, and motor-vehicles; receive, process and investigate complaints by members of the community; respond to emergencies and crimes, accidents and injuries, illness and natural disaster; protect persons and property through crime prevention, arrest offenders; appear and testify in court, and provide traffic control and enforcement.

Detective Bureau

The Detective Bureau fulfills the community’s need for advanced resources in criminal investigations, criminal intelligence, threat management, crime prevention, dignitary protection, and liaison to external agencies. This investigative unit actively participates in the Santa Barbara Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (SBRNET), Santa Barbara County Arson Task Force, Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and works closely with the Joint Regional Information Center (JRIC). In addition, the Detective Bureau investigates all major felonies, crimes against persons, property crimes, general crimes, and actively supports the campus threat management process.

Rolling Stock Safety Class

Located in building 300 on the UCSB campus, this office manages the bicycle and skateboard (Rolling Stock – motor vehicles, bicycles, skaters, in-line skaters, and skateboards) safety classes. Persons who receive citations for rolling stock violations on campus may be given the option of attending the one-hour safety class in-lieu of going to the court and potentially paying a substantial fine.

For detailed information on both services see our Resources tab.

Community Service Organization (CSO)

The Community Service Organization (CSO) is comprised of UCSB students who work closely and collaboratively with the University Police Department in serving the campus community. The CSO program began in 1972 as a communication link between police and students. Since this time, the CSO program has expanded to meet the community’s needs and currently fulfills a myriad of safety and security needs. Community Service Officers provide public assistance and personal safety escorts, complete security checks, detect safety hazards, and routinely enhance safety and security for both campus residence halls and various special event venues. Community Service Officers provide support and services to the approximately 18,000 bicyclists that use the campus each day through bicycle registration, storage, and bicycle parking enforcement. The CSO Unit is a vital partner in the safe operation of campus operations.

Isla Vista Foot Patrol

The Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP) was initiated in 1970 in the interest of developing “community based policing” for the community of Isla Vista. The UCSB Police Department works with the Santa Barbara County Sherriff’s Department (SBSO) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to staff the IVFP. While the SBSO maintains primary jurisdiction and responsibility for Isla Vista, the UCSB Police Department and California Highway Patrol provide a supportive role in serving the special needs of a highly diverse community. The UCSB Police Department also serves an important role in advocating and representing the University’s interests in matters related to law enforcement, safety, and security.

Records Unit

The Records Unit provides information resources and law enforcement records to University departments, members of the public, and law enforcement affiliates. The Records Unit serves as the “clearing house” for information developed and recorded by most units of the Police Department. Services include police record maintenance and control; employment identification processing; records liaison with other University departments. Additionally, the Records Unit also performs the department’s crime analysis function and works to provide timely data to operational units within the department.

Property Unit

The Property Unit safeguards the custody and disposal of police evidence, contraband, and processes campus lost & found property in accordance with State laws.

Communications Unit

The Communications Unit provides radio and telephone support services to department personnel and the public. Services include: dispatching police and CSO personnel to all calls for emergency and routine services; requesting additional law enforcement, fire and EMS resources if needed from allied agencies; providing information and assistance to the public; monitoring alarm systems for fire, hazard, security and intrusion; monitoring CCTV systems; issuing emergency and timely warning notices to the campus community; after hours notification to campus and housing Physical Facilities personnel for urgent maintenance needs; and maintaining crime and traffic record data systems.