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UC Berkeley hires private vendor to monitor residence halls at night

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OCTOBER 14, 2022

In the coming days, students living in UC Berkeley’s residence halls may notice increased patrol presence around Units 1, 2, and 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

In an email sent Friday, Residential Student Services Program, or RSSP, informed students that campus has hired Treeline Security, a private vendor, to monitor the residential halls during nighttime until campus can hire more security monitors and UCPD personnel.

Treeline Security will begin patrolling seven days a week starting today for at least the next month or until the hiring process has been completed, according to the email. They will monitor outside the residence halls and “work closely” with UCPD to address any security issues that may arise.

Currently, campus has hired or is in the process of hiring 75 new student security monitors and is working to fill two UCPD officer vacancies, the email said. UCPD is also working to train and hire community service officers — student employees who would be directly employed by UCPD.

As part of further campus safety enhancement, UCPD is continuously looking to recruit students for BearWalk, a service in which students can be walked to their location by another student from dusk until 2:30 a.m., according to campus’s Night Safety Services webpage.

So far, 17 new BearWalk personnel have been hired for a total of 57. The goal is to hire 100 to 120 students, the email notes.

“We remain dedicated to improving safety around the residence halls and we believe that enhancing our security efforts in partnership with Treeline is a step in the right direction,” the email read.

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