UCPD Reform Proposal

UCPD Reform Proposal

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Students from around the world commit to varying campuses within the University of California System to further their education. These campuses are often perceived as safe havens for tens of thousands of students from varying socioeconomic statuses, races and ethnicities, sexual and gender identities, as well as religious affiliations, to  engage in scholarly interests and improve their living outcomes, not always solely for themselves, but for the benefit of their families and communities. Being a student is taxing in many ways in and of itself. However, the additional weights that appear at the intersections of marginalized races, genders, class, and student statuses such as first-generation, DACA-mented, or undocumented add additional nuance to many students’ experiences at their respective campuses. To add the presence of a weaponized police force equipped with tactical gear on university campuses where students come to live and learn is toxic and stress-inducing at best, and violent and life-threatening at worst, often leaving those from underrepresented populations feeling uneasy on their own campus. 

The stress and unease informed by transgenerational racial trauma, unending news cycles depicting Black bodies violently brutalized or slain, and disappointment associated with law enforcement escaping accountability is not only felt by student populations on college campuses. Similar experiences are shared by our UC staff and faculty members who also occupy compounding marginalized identities, fears, and anxieties surrounding law enforcement, all while navigating the stresses of their educational institution. To this end, we’ve decided to take action and seek your assistance as we work to change the landscape of policing within the UC system. Although the proposal calls for reform within UCPD, the writers of both the proposal and this petition are in complete support of abolition of police and policing systems across the United States, especially in spaces dedicated to learning. The proposal is meant to serve as an interim measure for immediate reform until appropriate and sustainable alternatives to policing are implemented.


This petition asks for signatory support from students, staff, faculty, and related members of the UC, and comes paired with a proposal for extensive UCPD reform across all UC campuses. It lists 6 main demands: 

1. The disarming of UCPD. We recognize that many of the interactions and patrols that UCPD engages in do not require use of firearms, and thus we demand that, to respect and ensure a more cohesive community and community policing structure, UCPD is disarmed during their daily campus interactions. 

2. Alteration of UCPD uniforms. We demand for an alteration to UCPD uniforms, so that they are more closely modeled after our Community Service Officers, i.e. the removal of lethal weapons and bulletproof vests. We recognize the power dynamic and implicit messages communicated to the community, who do not walk around campus with weapons or bulletproof vests, associated with such a dress code. 

3. Additional Standardized Training Requirements for UCPD. We demand that, in consequence to the unique community that officers are choosing to serve, they receive standardized training that prepares and supports them in understanding the population they will be working with, predominantly students. In addition, we call for effective training in nonviolent conflict de-escalation, mental health, and diversity and equity.

4. Amendment of UCPD Jurisdiction. We demand that UCPD delegate a portion of its funding and work with their campus’ respective mental health departments and services to hire a  team of qualified counselors and social workers to respond to mental health situations. In addition, UCPD officers should only be present in responding to mental health crises when requested by their mental health team, and will arrive at the scene unarmed, thereby decriminalizing mental illness. Additionally, we demand that UCPD cease responding to medical wellness checks where EMS is called for, unless a concerned caller explicitly asks for police presence. 

5. The implementation of a Duty to Intervene Policy within UCPD. We demand that UCPD institute a policy that requires officers to intervene when present during a situation of excessive or unnecessary force. We want to see officers holding each other accountable to de-escalating situations and performing officer duties without use of unnecessary and excessive force or intimidation tactics. Should any officer employ inhumane force whether during restraint, arrest, or another form of confrontation, it will be the mandated responsibility of all other officers at the scene to intervene and move forward with a priority of nonviolent de-escalation. In addition, the officer employing excessive force will be appropriately reprimanded and retrained in nonviolent conflict de-escalation and mediation, and will be subject to dismissal if repeat offenses occur.

6. The implementation and/or amendment of the Independent Police Advisory Board. We demand that each campus’ independent police advisory boards not only have the ability to recommend policy change and community standards, but also mandate it through a democratic process. In addition, we demand that such advisory boards have a consistent, diverse student population represented.

Access to the full Proposal can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QsfwtPl0p1zxZuJlNbgXMuaZyZPkyHBxiXRqZ-Xy6Mc/edit?usp=sharing

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