Peralta Police Services
The Peralta Community College District contracts police services with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, to provide patrol services for Laney College, Merritt College and the College of Alameda. With regard to Berkeley City College, the Sheriff’s Office primary function is compiling statistical information only. The Berkeley Police Department is responsible for patrol functions at Berkeley City College.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office/Peralta Police Services mission is to preserve the peace, maintain order and enforce state, federal, and local laws. Our goal is to provide a safe environment so that the educational process can be conducted in an orderly and uninterrupted manner. Deputies focus on “partnerships” in addressing problems and/or concerns identified by campus staff and students.
Peralta Police Authority
Deputies assigned to the Peralta Community College District have peace officer authority, pursuant to section 830.1 of the California Penal Code. Each deputy has met all state standards and training requirements, and has the same authority as municipal police officers. Sheriff Technicians also are employed by Police Services, but do not have peace officer authority. Peralta Police works in partnership with and will request assistance from the Oakland Police Department, Alameda Police Department or the Berkeley Police Department for incidents which require resources not readily available at Peralta Colleges.
Peralta Police Services joins the entire Peralta College Community in welcoming you. The goal of our department is to provide the safest possible environment for all campuses, so everyone can enjoy all of its facilities. Although your safety is our major concern, we also monitor fire and intrusion alarms as well as enforce parking regulations. Calls for service are prioritized and response time will vary with the location, nature and urgency of the situation.
Crime prevention is the responsibility of all staff and students. Members of the campus community should be aware of their surroundings and of circumstances which seem out of the ordinary. Willingness to look out for each other and to report all suspicious individuals or activities to the campus police will assure that the campus will be a safe, secure place to work and to study.
Personal Safety Tips
It’s easy to give criminals an opportunity to strike; just be a little careless, forgetful, too trusting, and gullible. But, it’s just as easy to remove the temptation; by being careful, alert, cautious, and aware. Most criminal activity occurs because opportunities exist for crimes to be committed. Take away the opportunity and crime can be greatly reduced. You are your own best security.
An awareness of the following crime prevention pointers, together with your own common sense, will help reduce the opportunity for others to commit a crime against you.
Questions, suggestions and/or concerns regarding Campus Safety and Security may be directed to Police Services at (510) 465-3514. Your fears and concerns will be treated with the utmost importance by Peralta Police Services.
Peralta Police’s commitment to continuous improvement towards enhancing the personal safety of students and visitors to the Peralta Community created the desire for a bike patrol. This was established during the summer of 1997. The bikes will allow officers to reach locations inaccessible to the patrol car and at the same time respond quicker than officers patrolling on foot. Also the bike patrol enhances our relations with the Peralta Community by making us more accessible to the public.
The unauthorized use, possession or storage of weapons, fireworks, or explosives is prohibited on any Peralta College premise (including vehicles) or at any Peralta Community College-sponsored activity. Weapons may include, but are not limited to, firearms, pellet guns, bows and arrows, martial arts equipment, switchblade knives, swords, large knives, and clubs.
Parking & Traffic Regulations
All provisions of the California Vehicle Code apply to individuals and to vehicles being driven on and about campus property and parking lots. All vehicle codes, including 21113 C.V.C., are strictly enforced. The speed limit is 5 m.p.h. in campus parking lots and property. Students may only park in designated student parking areas.
Persons must obey all California Vehicle Codes and carefully read and follow the campus parking and traffic signage. Illegally parked vehicles will be cited and/or towed at the owner’s expense. For towed vehicles, contact Peralta Police Services at (510) 465-3514. Parking violations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.
College officials do not have the authority to rescind or to arbitrate citation matters.
Students must not park in staff parking areas, red zones, yellow (loading zones), green 30 minute zones or in other unauthorized areas. Disabled student parking areas are available and posted with blue paint and handicapped parking signs.
“Handicap Accessible” signs mean the area is accessible by persons with disabilities, it does not mean it is designated for “Handicapped Parking”.
Disabled students must also properly display their daily or semester parking permit (and a Student I.D. Decal if they attend Laney) along with their D.M.V. issued handicap placard and/or handicap license plate.
Staff must properly display their staff parking permit along with their D.M.V. issued disabled placard and/or disabled plate.
Daily parking permits expire at 10:45 p.m. each night and the parking lot gates are locked and secured at 11:00 p.m. each evening. Overnight parking is not authorized and vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. (Contact Peralta Police Services for towed vehicles at 510-465-3456).
Visitors may park in the green 30 minutes zones at Merritt and College of Alameda if they are staying only 30 minutes or less. Visitors may park lawfully on the street at campuses with street parking, (metered zones require coinage). Special guest permits may be obtained through the business offices.
Semester parking permits may be purchased for the student parking at Laney, Merritt and College of Alameda campuses for $20.00 ($10.00 for motorcycles).
The summer session rate is $10.00 for cars ($5.00 for motorcycles). Rates are subject to change.
You may choose to pay for parking on a daily basis, rather than purchasing a semester permit. The cost of daily parking is $0.50 cents per day (exact change only). The daily permits may be purchased from the ticket machines located in the parking lots.
In addition to the daily parking permits, Laney College students must properly display a “STUDENT I.D. DECAL” (hanging from the rear view mirror with the numbered side facing outward), in order to park in a student parking lot or you will be cited.
Student I.D. Decals are issued, initially, at no charge and can be obtained from the Cashier’s Office. (There is a $10.00 replacement cost for lost or stolen Student I.D. Decals).
Unlike Laney, Merritt and College of Alameda, the Berkeley City College campus has no parking lot; therefore, Berkeley City College does not honor parking stickers from other Peralta Colleges. There is no designated public parking lot at Berkeley City College.
Free street parking is available after 6:00 p.m. and at most community sites where Berkeley City College classes are held. The Center Street Garage, located between Milvia and Shattuck, charges an hourly parking fee and the garage may be entered on the Center Street side.
Emergency Blue Phones
Emergency outdoor blue phones have been installed in various locations on the campuses of Laney, Alameda, and Merritt College for your protection and use. The presence of these phones on campus cannot guarantee your safety, but can play an important role in your personal security and the security of the campuses in general. If you are new to the Peralta Community College District, familiarize yourself with the location of the blue phones along your routes.
In the case of an emergency, press the RED emergency button. This will connect you directly with Peralta Police Services Dispatch. The RED button may be activated in situations where you or someone else is being physically threatened; you are being followed and feel uncomfortable or anxious; an accident has occurred and assistance is needed or any other situation that you feel may require an emergency response from the police.
VANDALISM OR UNWARRANTED ACTIVATION OF AN EMERGENCY BLUE PHONE JEOPARDIZES THE SAFETY OF OTHERS. FOR THIS REASON, THESE ACTIONS WILL BE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY BY PERALTA POLICE. MISUSE OF THE TELEPHONES MAY SUBJECT YOU TO DISCIPLINARY OR LEGAL ACTION.
Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Act, campus crime statistics may be found at www.ope.ed.gov/security and in the "Personal Safety on Campus" brochures, located on each campus and at Police Services (333 East 8th Street, Oakland).
(See the "Personal Safety on Campus" brochures for further details on safety, security and "Jeanne Clery Act" information.)