About Risk and Safety Services


Risk and Safety Services is composed of five departments: Environmental Health and Safety, the Police Department, Risk Services, Transportation and Parking Services, and the Office of Emergency Management. Each of these units is dedicated to maintaining and promoting some aspect of the health and safety of all members of the campus community. 


Risk and Safety Services provides leadership and coordinates multidisciplinary services to sustain a safe and healthy campus by managing risk, preventing injury and loss, and coordinating access, emergency response, and recovery.


Risk and Safety Services is committed to facilitating the infrastructure and services required to build and sustain a safe and healthy campus environment.

In addition to conducting all of our daily operations in accordance with the UC Statement on Ethical Values and UC Santa Cruz’s Principles of Community, it is our aim to employ best practices specific to our industry in achieving our mission. These include:

  • Operating under the assumption that many incidents involving harm to individuals or property are preventable through proactive planning, building awareness, community engagement, collaboration across departments and constituents, and clearly defined avenues of response.
  • Response to emergency situations are in the spirit of providing necessary support and intervention so as to prevent escalation of the condition.
  • Outreach should be aimed at informing, empowering, and engaging individuals and helping them recognize the role we all play in keeping our community safe.
  • We are problem solvers, with the goal of implementing informed, socially just, and cost-effective solutions to serve our community and the campus mission.