Traffic Stops

The UC Davis Police Department strives to provide law enforcement service with due regard for the demographic and cultural diversity of our community. It is therefore our policy and practice:

  • to enforce the law equally and fairly without profiling or discrimination toward any individual or group because of their race, ethnicity or nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  • to be as transparent as possible in responding to complaints of profiling.

Starting In 2014 and at the request of our campus community, we established a program to collect age, race and gender data during vehicle stops and to share these statistics with the community via this website. Data acquired for this purpose will not contain the identity of any persons stopped by UC Davis police officers.

Officers will not ask for identifying information solely for the purposes of collecting this statistical data. When data for this survey tool are not readily available via an official document such as a driver’s license, officers will record data based on their observations and perceptions. We realize that perceptions are not always exact, but our intention is to collect this data while expressing the utmost respect towards the community members we serve.

Our commitment to cultural competency

We pride ourselves on being proactive partners with the UC Davis community. We demonstrate our commitment to service not only through words but also through actions. The department has incorporated cultural competency training into ongoing training for all officers and staff. We are also fully committed to partnering with campus departments, programs and student organizations to better understand and engage with the community.

Reporting concerns

If any member of the UC Davis community feels that they have been profiled or treated in a manner not consistent with policy, please contact the Office of the Chief or the Campus Compliance/Discrimination Officer. If you would like to discuss the information contained in this report, please contact the Office of the Chief of Police at (530)752-3113.

What should I expect when stopped by UC Davis Police?

Watch this video to find out!

Supplemental content


Thumbnail image of Know Your Rights brochure

This booklet, published by the American Civil Liberties Union for citizens and non-citizens, discusses your rights when stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers.

Now available in multiple languages. See the Know Your Rights page.