The University of California, Davis has introduced plans to bear a “defunding” of its police division and can get rid of three vacant officer positions.

According to a UC Davis press release, the university introduced it is going to reallocate funding from the three eradicated officer positions to new positions. The university additionally mentioned three different officer positions have been “repurposed.”

The new positions are a “public safety policy analyst in student affairs; an analyst position to support data, accreditation and transparency efforts within the police department; and a new position dedicated to the Health 34  initiative.”

The Health 34 initiative is a brand new program that trains hearth personnel in psychological well being response in preparation for being dispatched to sure calls.

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Three uniformed cops may even be “repurposed” to focus more on “outreach, education and providing support to the UC Davis community in a non-traditional way.”

The university is adopting the adjustments as half of its response to a number of campus security opinions relationship to an incident in November 2011 when campus cops pepper-sprayed pupil protesters.

In the press launch, the university additionally introduced it has earned accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, which “is grounded in President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st-Century Policing.”

While UC Davis has by no means obtained regulation enforcement gear from the federal authorities’s Law Enforcement Support Office, the university nonetheless modified its procurement coverage, eliminating any participation in this system.

This photo provided by the University of California, Davis shows the university campus in Davis, Calif., on April 3, 2015. (Chris Di Dio/University of California, Davis via AP)

This photograph supplied by the University of California, Davis reveals the university campus in Davis, Calif., on April 3, 2015. (Chris Di Dio/University of California, Davis by way of AP)

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During a protest on Thursday hosted by the University of California, Davis “CopsOffCampus” group, protesters displayed an indication outdoors of the police division stating, “We will outlive policing.” The signal included a cardboard cutout of a pig surrounded by smoke.

The group additionally tweeted, “looks like some folks had fun on thursday” and hooked up pictures of a number of vandalized university indicators. 

University of California, Davis logo

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One UC Davis pupil, who requested to stay nameless, advised Fox News that defunding the police is not a good suggestion.

“There is no reason at all to decrease the number of officers,” the scholar mentioned. “One of the most important features of campus includes the police-run SafeRide system, which helps students get home when they’re drunk or feeling unsafe walking alone at night. In general, due to the amount of partying that takes place in a college town, police have to be active to deal with cases of alcohol poisoning.”