A joint police patrol by the University of California Police Department and the Berkeley Police Department which launched last year will resume in south Berkeley neighborhoods tonight. The initiative, which aims to improve public safety at night and suppress violent crime, coincides with the start of the new academic year on campus.

By the time classes begin on Thursday next week, an estimated 6,300 undergraduates, including 690 international and 880 out-of-state students, will have moved in to campus residence halls. Another 3,900 undergraduates and graduates will be living in UC Berkeley-run apartments and family housing.

The Joint Southside Safety Patrol is also focused on what it says in a press release has been a challenging town-gown issue: unruly parties of 10 or more people in off-campus student rental housing and fraternities that create a significant public nuisance.

City and campus police team up in two squad cars to cover the neighborhoods near campus Thursday through Saturday nights between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Police officers may issue citations when they find violations of any kind, and this information is shared with the campus’s Office of Student Conduct.

Since its launch last August through mid-May of this year, the joint patrol received approximately 312 calls for service and issued 143 warning citations for noise complaints. Officers only had to return to 16 locations to cite repeat violations, which carry fines from $750 to $2,500 if issued within a 120-day period. Both campus and city officials agree that the joint patrols are effecting positive change.

“The relatively low number of repeat violations shows that the program is working,” said Caleb Dardick, director of UC Berkeley’s Local Government and Community Relations office.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Hi Jared, Sure enough, sent it around on the Oakland listserves. I called it “beyond Comstat”

    Frank Zimring’s Scientific American article is also worth a read
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-new-york-beat-crime

    Many of the myths that have east bay cities politically stuck and overwhelmed by violent crime are dismantled by the NY experience. The NY crime rate continues to drop by deploying  plenty of cops to hotspots using aggressive enforcement tactics. At the same time incarceration rate do not increase, drug use continues and none of the social problems usually blamed for crime improve.

    Here”s a taste:

    “Police aggressiveness is a
    very regressive tax: the street stops, bullying and pretext-based
    arrests fall disproportionately on young men of color in their own
    neighborhoods, as well as in other parts of the city where they may
    venture. But the benefits of reduced crime also disproportionately favor
    the poor—ironically, the same largely dark-skinned young males who
    suffer most from police aggression now have lower death rates from
    violence and lower rates of going to prison than in other cities.”

     

  2. Well, to be fair, Berkeley has a higher automatic fines than SC (at least for second and third offense), but SC has a longer window for the second offense (1 year versus 120 days in Berkeley). BTW, I had no idea these laws were on the books; thanks for pointing them out.

  3. Correct,  Berkeley relies on the Second Response Ordinance for enforcement.
    you can find the Ordinance on the UCB community relations page

  4. What I noticed about that list is that no addresses were repeated.  Perhaps that is because of Section 9.37.020 RESPONSE TO LOUD OR UNRULY GATHERINGS.
    Responsible persons will be charged for the cost of any special security services required for
    subsequent responses to the scene within the next twelve months.