Since its founding in 2018, the role of UCI’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) has been to serve as an advisory body to the UCI Police Department and the Administration. In the wake of the national protests calling for racial justice and an end to police violence in May 2020, on June 9, 2020, Vice Chancellors Douglas Haynes and Ronald Cortez and Chief Griffin asked PSAC to conduct an evaluation of the UCI Police Department. As they state: Building on the commitment to ensure accountability to the community it serves, the Public Safety Advisory Committee will conduct an evaluation of the UCI Police Department every three years, beginning in academic year 2020-2021. This evaluation will examine both internal procedures and practices to ensure accountability and UCI PD’s relations with the multiple communities it serves. PSAC agreed to take this task on with the understanding that we could retain an outside expert with appropriate expertise and that the analysis and recommendations from this effort would become the responsibility of the University to evaluate and implement. Last month, PSAC released its Recommendations for the Transformation of Public Safety in the UCI Community.
Click here to read the recommendations.