Administrative & Business Services

2017/2018 Meeting Summary

Section 1

Meeting Summary – March 16, 2018

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Agenda Topic

Presenter

1.

Welcome and Introductions

 

2.

Purpose and Goals of Public Safety Advisory Committee

Ron Cortez, CFO and Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Admin.

Jorge Cisneros, Chief of Police

3.

UCI Police Department and Community Engagement – discussion

Paul Cooper, Assistant Chief of Police

4.

Brainstorming of Agenda Topics for Upcoming Meetings – discussion

Professor Carroll Seron, PSAC Chair

5.

Planning for next meeting

Mary Clark, Chief of Staff, Division of Finance and Administration

 

Attendees:

Carroll Seron, Davidian Bishop, Gwen Black, Hobart Taylor, Ingrid Fahr, Jim Meeker, Joe Brothman, Mary Clark, Megan Morrison, Merielle Macaraeg, Olga Dunaevsky, Paul Cooper

 

CFO and Vice Chancellor Ron Cortez convened the first meeting of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) with introductions and welcoming remarks. He provided an overview of PSAC’s purpose and goals.

Assistant Chief of Police Paul Cooper provided an overview of community engagement programs, emphasizing the importance of partnership with the community and culture of sharing.

Chair Seron provided a background about the ad hoc Academic Senate committee meeting which led to the recommendation of establishing a committee, benchmarking data on similar UC committees, and procedure for filing complaints against UCIPD. She also led a discussion for future meeting agenda topics.

The next in-person meeting is scheduled for April 18 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

 

 

Meeting Summary – April 18, 2018

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Agenda Topic

Presenter

1.

Vice Chancellor’s Update

Ron Cortez, CFO and Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration

2.

Key Takeaways: A Proposal for Improving UCIPD-UCI Community Relations

Professor Carroll Seron, PSAC Chair

3.

Update on the Presidential Task Force on University-wide Policing

Professor Emeritus Ed Meeker

4.

Setting the agenda for the PSAC

Professor Carroll Seron, PSAC Chair

 

Attendees:

Adisa Ajamu, Carroll Seron, Connor Strobel, Gwen Black, Hobart Taylor, Jim Meeker, Joe Brothman, Karen Andrews, Mary Clark, Megan Morrison, Merielle Macaraeg, Oscar Teran, Paul Cooper

CFO and Vice Chancellor Ron Cortez was appointed as a member of UCOP’s Presidential Task Forces on Universitywide Policing along with Professor Jim Meeker and Chief of Police Jorge Cisneros. The goal of the Presidential Task Force is to review current practices and make recommendations on 1) how complaints are processed at UC Police Departments; 2) training and use of force; 3) strengthening community relations.

Chair Seron presented on the key takeaways from A Proposal for Improving UCIPD-UCI Community Relations. The ad hoc committee made five recommendations, three of which are: 1) a need to manage complaints about police misconduct; 2) community outreach events (town halls were suggested); 3) a survey to gauge campus climate with the goal of improving PD/community relations. Chief of Staff Mary Clark presented on changes that DFA has implemented to address the five recommendations:

  • Revamped UCIPD’s website to emphasize public safety mission, focusing on UCIPD, Medical Center Security Services and Emergency Management.
  • Incorporated UCI’s Public Safety quarterly magazine.
  • UCIPD will seek accreditation from third party.
  • Incorporated regular implicit bias training for members of UCIPD.
  • Reporting data on “officer initiated activity” on a monthly basis and included on Public Safety website.
  • Complaint form more visible and now available online. Users can select the on-line form or PDF version. Both allow for anonymous submissions.

Professor Meeker provided an update on the Presidential Task Force and shared his recommendations to the committee members.

Chair Seron distributed copies of the draft “Charge to the Public Safety Advisory Committee” and asked for input. In addition, she asked committee members about current issues on campus related to UCIPD.

The meeting closed by setting an agenda for the next meeting which is to take place on May 21.

 

Meeting Summary – May 21, 2018

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Agenda Topic

Presenter

1.

Vice Chancellor’s Update

Ron Cortez, CFO and Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration

2.

UCI Police Department Strategic Plan 2018-2020

Jorge Cisneros, Chief of Police

3.

Listening Session with UCI Police Officers

Sergeant Eladio Acuna

Officer Benny Green

Officer Michele Ramirez

4.

Overview of Community Engagement Efforts

Paul Cooper, Assistant Chief of Police

5.

Review of Current Community Complaint Procedure

Paul Cooper, Assistant Chief of Police

 

Attendees:

Adisa Ajamu, Carroll Seron, Connor Strobel, Gwen Black, Jim Meeker, Joe Brothman, Karen Andrews, Mary Clark, Megan Morrison, Merielle Macaraeg, Paul Cooper

CFO and Vice Chancellor Ron Cortez announced that UCOP’s Presidential Task Force on Universitywide Policing will meet on June 18 at UCI. He also announced the recruitment for a new Police Lieutenant and requested that members of PSAC to be part of the recruitment committee. The Division of Finance and Administration launched the With U · For U mobile app with a tile dedicated to safety.

Chief Cisneros distributed copies of UCI Public Safety Quarterly Connection newsletter (http://www.police.uci.edu/connect/quarterly-newsletter/index.php) and Strategic Plan 2018-2020.

Chief Cisneros introduced UCIPD officers for the listening session. Chair Seron explained the goal of the listening session is for PSAC members to better understand the officer’s daily job and the challenges they encounter in the field. Sergeant Acuna closed the discussion and posed the following question: “What kind of police department do you want to have in your community?”

Content for agenda items, Overview of Community Engagement Efforts and Review of Current Community Complaint Procedure, was not available in time for the meeting and will be addressed at the next PSAC meeting.