Chief of Police, Berkeley UCPD (5978) 32417
About Berkeley 

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff. 

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. 

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our, our, and 

Departmental Overview 

The University of California Police Department (UCPD) is committed to working in partnership with our diverse campus community so together we may enhance community trust, reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and promote safety. We pledge to protect individual rights and safeguard property for our students, faculty, staff and guests. We support the University's academic, research, and public service missions with professionalism, integrity and cultural humility. 

UCPD has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on the Berkeley campus and associated University properties in the neighboring communities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, and Richmond. Officers receive the same basic training as city, county, and state peace officers in California, plus additional training to meet the unique needs of the Berkeley campus. The department handles all 911 related calls, campus emergencies, patrol, criminal investigations, crime prevention surveys, related law enforcement duties for the campus community, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. UCPD coordinates with the City of Berkeley, operating joint patrol programs in the south campus area, and communicating at all levels to ensure the effective provision of police services. 

UCPD works in partnership with neighboring law enforcement agencies, particularly the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), to provide top-quality, professional police and crime prevention services to our broader community. Regardless of jurisdictional boundaries, in the case of a serious in-progress crime, UCPD will respond and work to stabilize the situation prior to determining which agency has primary jurisdiction. To learn more about UCPD at Berkeley, its services, policies, and statistics, please visit the The department budget for FY22 is $13.75M, and the department currently has 43 sworn Officers (up to and including the Chief), 48 non-sworn (security guards and other professional staff), 40 part-time employees (student CSOs), and one part-time finance manager. 


UC Berkeley is a complex environment with a diverse community and a history of activism and protest. Free speech is one of UC Berkeley's most cherished values; it is both part of our legacy as the home of the Free Speech Movement and is central to our academic mission. UC Berkeley is also home of the disability rights movement due to a rich history of student activism and advocacy. Protests and events on and off campus will impact the work of public safety and its response, but are honored traditions that must be handled with delicacy and political diplomacy. 

Many aspects of the campus and its community are transient and represent a wide range of experiences, identities, and intersectionalities with varying interests and needs. The campus is located within an urban environment with a porous perimeter, impacting jurisdiction and risk management, as activities can end and/or start on campus or from the City of Berkeley. Like many other urban campuses, UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley communities are also home to a large population of people experiencing homelessness. This includes a large and growing population of students experiencing homelessness, some of whom seek shelter and other basic needs on campus. 


The Chief of Police reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Administration (VCA). The Chief of Police is responsible for managing and directing the police department and other delegated authorities and duties. The police department is a 24 hours a day, 7 days-a-week operation. The position develops campus and/or organizational policies and authorizes their implementation, generally after consultation with campus stakeholders. The Chief is responsible for the management of UCPD operations including financial, human resources, and information systems. The Chief of Police is recognized as an influential leader and makes final decisions for the organization and ensures achievement of objectives, which includes contributing to public safety in an academic environment that is part of an urban city. For this role, decisions have a significant impact on the overall success of the campus. The Chief will need to navigate a highly political environment, form relationships with campus members as well as internally within the department. The Chief serves as the subject matter expert advising the campus events & crisis management teams, and directs the field command in managing campus emergencies. The Chief of Police may work collaboratively with partner divisions, city and county agencies, and other campus stakeholders in broad public safety work and responses. 

The Chief role represents UC Berkeley in campus-wide and UC-systemwide meetings and discussions and is part of a UC-systemwide Council of Police Chiefs. The Chief of Police proactively coordinates and collaborates on community safety issues with campus and community stakeholders and the City of Berkeley Police Department as well as agencies in the neighboring communities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, and Richmond and other locations where the University operates facilities. The department coordinates the police response, and provides routine patrol and security evaluations for the UC Office of the President as well as coordinates and provides police services for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Chief and their department stays current on cutting edge research about safety and policing issues, trends, and developments, and makes recommendations to campus leadership to enhance campus and community safety. 

Application Review Date 

Application review will begin early-mid April 2022. Position will be open until filled. 


Department Management 

• Manages the activities of the police department through several subordinate managers having overall responsibility for functional programs; directs the proper and efficient delivery of various public safety and law enforcement services; partners with other campus departments and city/county agencies in broader public safety services; performs the functions of a Captain of Police, Lieutenant of Police, Sergeant of Police or Police Officer as needed; and directs all planning and administration for the deployment of personnel, resources and funds for the police department.
• Selects strategies, standards, methods and systems for successful implementation of department goals in a manner consistent with the mission of the department and campus; provides guidance and direction to the department for the achievement of objectives, including policy, budget and other planning for the department.
• Manages, mentors, and coaches staff. Understands staff needs and leads through change; works with subordinate managers on employee & labor relations situations as well as recruitment / retention of staff (sworn & non-sworn); supports department morale and holds staff accountable; ensures appropriate trainings for the department in support of the department and campus missions; authorizes and oversees personnel action review boards and administrative investigation review boards as necessary; serves as a role model for compassionate and collaborative policing. 

Campus Leadership 

• Leads bridge- and community-building efforts, plans, and implementations; partners in campus-wide initiatives and changes around public safety as a subject matter expert of law enforcement and possible innovations, solutions, and/or changes; actively engages with community groups, including students.
• Represents UC Berkeley and the department in public appearances and as active leadership within community and campus committees and groups.
• Serves as overall commander or as a senior manager within the campus emergency plan during or in preparation for civil unrest, disaster or other significant police operations; Advises senior management on controversial situations, negotiations, or influencing and persuading other senior level managers.
• Collaborates closely with other UC Berkeley departments and divisions, such as but not limited to the Vice Chancellor for Administration, the Chancellor's Office, Facility Services, Student Affairs, Compliance Services, Emergency Management, University Health Services, and Basic Needs Center.
• Collaborates closely with city officials and community members in the neighborhoods adjacent to the campus. Represents UC Berkeley and its community's interests to city, county, and community partners. 

Required Qualifications 

•  Officer / Operation & Subject Matter Expertise 
• Highly experienced in performing all aspects of police officer, sergeant of police and lieutenant of police functions.
• Advanced knowledge of law, regulation and policy regarding public safety and law enforcement functions. Advanced knowledge of modern policing issues, philosophies, practices and trends as applied within the university environment or similar, or ability to learn university environment & policies. Advanced knowledge of current law enforcement management theory and administrative standards.
• Highly experienced in and expert ability / skill to independently manage a large and complex organization with multiple priorities and limited resources; and effectively orchestrate the ongoing deployment of multiple employees and resources.
• Highly experienced in and expert ability / skill to credibly represent the police department in an official capacity.
• Knowledge of, and experience in, facilitating compassionate and non-criminalizing interventions with persons in distress, persons engaged in protest activities, and members of the unhoused community, grounded in collaboration with local services.
• Knowledge of safety and police needs and issues of an urban environment. 


• Possesses courage, empathy, emotional intelligence, flexibility, and humility; possesses a high level of self-awareness as demonstrated by how their own roles / presentations / actions may impact others.
• Creative and innovative around possible programs, solutions, policies, and/or processes.
• Highly experienced in and expert ability / skill to take decisive action based upon sound judgment. Proactive in planning and seeking feedback from stakeholders to inform decisions when possible.
• Expert ability and skill to remain calm under tremendous pressure.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice. 


• Expert ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in all formats with a diverse community, ranging from executive leadership, faculty, staff, students, other municipality agencies, and other community and external stakeholders. Committed to transparency, when possible. Possesses a growth mindset and possess knowledge and ability to learn by working with a diverse community of various identities and intersections.
• Expert ability to actively listen and hold and facilitate difficult conversations, and manage healthy conflict.
 Demonstrated experience and skill to lead and work collaboratively in a consensus-driven distributed matrix environment and to establish, maintain and foster trusting and cooperative working relationships with campus and other partners and stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage positive change.
• Expert ability to de-escalate challenging situations.
• Demonstrated political acumen to navigate complex situations and structures effectively.
• Expert ability to supervise and train staff in the relevant and necessary aspects of their duties; expert ability to mentor and coach a departmental management team and model appropriate interactions with campus stakeholders. 


• Bachelor's degree in the field of administration of justice, or equivalent relevant experience and training. 


• Possess a valid California Driver's License or ability to obtain; ability to safely operate motor vehicles.
• Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) - candidate must possess or have the ability to achieve the basic certificate. Ability to successfully earn the POST Executive certificate within a reasonable period.
• Ability to successfully complete other training or prerequisites as required by regulation, law or policy. Extensive experience as a captain, lieutenant or other sworn police manager required. 

Special Conditions 

• Background investigation required. Successful medical and psychological evaluation required. Is at least 21 years of age and a US citizen or has permanent resident alien status and will achieve US citizenship within three years.
• Ability to work rotating shifts in all weather conditions and work at any time of day or night, and in periods of disaster or civil disorder. Ability to work at any time of day or night and in periods of disaster or civil disorder.
• No felony convictions or other legal restrictions on the ability to carry firearms or to perform other work responsibilities.
• Successful drug screening.
• Meets all other requirements for peace officers and the rank of Chief of Police as established by law and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
• University will not hire officers or any campus safety personnel with any sustained findings of misconduct related to moral turpitude, sexual harassment, bias, discrimination, or any other finding determined to be inconsistent with the University's principles and values, or who resigned while under investigation. 

Preferred Qualifications 

• Knowledge of and experience in crisis management and intervention, social work, community policing or similar / related fields including understanding of alternative, compassionate, non-criminalizing models for ensuring safety of and around people and students experiencing homelessness.
• Advanced knowledge of budgeting and financial practices applicable to law enforcement in a university or similar environment. Ability to manage within resource constraints.
• Advanced knowledge of and ability to operate relevant or specialized technology.
• Advanced knowledge and demonstrated record of using and legal application of firearms and other police weapons, equipment or tools.
• Understanding of the history and culture of UC Berkeley
• Appreciation for the University's special relationship with the City of Berkeley and its neighborhoods surrounding campus. 

Salary & Benefits 

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: 

How to Apply 

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section. 

Driving Required 

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required. 

Diversity Statement 

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience. 

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that “every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive." 

Other Information 


In August 2021, the UC Office of the President (UCOP) released the final version of its along with a to the university community from UC President Michael V. Drake. The plan offers a new, welcome vision for the provision of campus and community safety. The anticipated changes in culture, policies and practices are designed to afford every member of the community with the respect and protection they need and deserve. 

The plan was developed based on input from a diverse group of stakeholders, including members of Berkeley's Campus Safety Task Force, participants in campus safety symposia held during the 2020-21 academic year, and a large number of students, faculty, and staff who have participated in conversations about these issues. In June, a draft plan was released to campuses and the UC Berkeley campus community submitted more than 140 comments and suggestions for improvements which were shared with UCOP. 

The final version of the plan includes four main elements: 

Community and Service-Driven Safety

Campus safety policies and practices must reflect and serve the needs and values of our diverse community. 

A Holistic, Inclusive and Tiered Response Model for Safety Services

Campuses will integrate policing with mental health, wellness, and basic needs services, as well as bias/hate response programs, through inter-departmental partnerships and cross-trainings. Multi-disciplinary teams will respond to and triage behavioral health crises, conduct wellness checks, and safely connect individuals to coordinated care, including health and social support resources. 

Transparency and Continuous Improvement Through Data

Campuses will collect and publicly share uniform campus safety data on a UC-wide dashboard that will empower the UC community and inform change. 

Accountability and Independent Oversight Police

Accountability boards on every campus will provide a robust complaint and investigation process to ensure that officers are always acting in a manner consistent with rules, policies the law, and the university's values of equity and inclusion. 

The President's plan includes an implementation framework with 31 specific action items UCOP has directed campuses to implement in the coming year. 

The UCOP plan arrives as UC Berkeley continues to implement its own campus-specific reforms and improvements to community safety practices. The proposed actions are consistent with the recommendations provided by the Chancellor's (IAB) in its, and those described by Chancellor Christ in her June 2020 call to campus to Berkeley's Business Process Management Office is tasked with implementing the recommendations of the Chancellor and the IAB and reports on implementation status on its website. The President's plan intersects with some of the initiatives that Berkeley is already pursuing, while also introducing new, additional recommendations for changes in policies and practice improvements. 


During the 2019-2020 academic year and amidst the challenges of the worldwide pandemic, UCPD has continued to enhance its services to the campus community. This year the Community Engagement Unit was launched to interact with our students, staff, faculty, and visitors in a new way that brings more transparency and voice to the community. The department has engaged with the Goldman School of Public Policy to research ways to increase diversity through recruiting, increase retention by improving social belonging and improve interactions between police and community members. UCPD also began collaborating with the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRITAC) to review current policies and protocols, and enhance engagement practices and strategies. As in previous years, UCPD participates in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, the C.U.B.S. (Community United By Service) Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, UCPD Toy Drive and has donated to the UC Basic Needs Center. Due to continued local disasters UCPD has also provided assistance during several Northern California fires and donated to several local communities. 

Conviction History Background 

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check. 

Physical Exam 

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam. 

Mandated Reporter 

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter. 

Equal Employment Opportunity 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: 

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