UC systemwide review of revisions to the University Police Policies and Administrative Procedures (Gold Book)

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor Business and Administrative Services; and Jean Marie Scott, Associate Vice Chancellor, Risk and Safety Services


The University of California Office of the President invites comments on proposed changes to the Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures, which are applicable to UC Peace Officers.

The revisions to the Gold Book include:

Use of Force (presently Chapter 8) Propose changes to the Use of Force policy reflect legislative changes to the use of deadly force (Assembly Bill 392), the language required in a use of force policy (Senate Bill 230), additions/clarifications to definitions, and revisions to emphasize de-escalation.

Body Worn Video (new) Provides a systemwide approach to the use of the body-worn cameras purchased and distributed to the campuses in 2019/2020.

Systemwide Response Teams (new) Drafted to create specialized response teams to respond to crowd management situations.

Concealed Carry Weapons (new) Drafted on the recommendation of the Systemwide Council of Chiefs of Police to adopt a systemwide and consistent policy on the issuance of concealed carry weapons to qualified retired police officers (as required by statute); the policy also specifies that medically retired police officers are not entitled to CCW (pursuant to recent case law).

The proposed policy text is available online.

Those who wish to provide comments on the proposed changes may submit them to the Policy Coordination Office at pco@ucsc.edu by close of business Friday, May 7, 2021.