Mapping Yesterday’s Police Activity at UCLA

This report maps and visualizes data on policing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The data provide the location, type of event, and disposition status for the daily activity of the University of California Police Department (UCPD) at UCLA, including activity that leads to no further formal action like citation or arrest. The data show that the biggest single event type is property-related, and that less than 10% of events involve either force or the threat of violence. Maps of events reveal a substantial amount of UCPD-reported activity and arrests occur off campus, both in the greater Westwood area as well as farther afield. For a given amount of total Clery log activity, arrests are more frequent off campus, and total off-campus activity increased between 2014 and 2019. When examining how these events concluded, we found that more than 80% do not result in follow-ups for any asserted or possible crime.

The principal data for this report is Clery data — logs of activity required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990 — for the years 2014 and 2019. The Clery logs endeavor to be comprehensive accounts of activity on and near campus, but a review of these data raises questions about their transparency and coverage. We supplement the Clery log data with separately reported data on UCPD arrests for 2018.

Download >> Mapping Yesterday’s Police Activity at UCLA  (Published April 30, 2021)