Campus police look on as a crowd forms in the Quad over a religious demonstration at Cal State University, Fullerton on Oct. 22, 2018. Photo by Riley Mcdougall, The Daily Titan

In the wake of national protests against racism and police brutality, colleges and universities are taking a hard look at their own policing practices. University of California student activists are calling for UCs to abolish their in-house police departments, and the Peralta Community College District recently voted to end its contract with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Some campuses are announcing more gradual changes to the way they ensure safety, such as shifting some responsibilities to unarmed security guards or mental health counselors.

CalMatters’ College Journalism Network and KQED are hosting a discussion with students and administrators about how we rethink the role of police on campuses.

The Future of Campus Policing

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:00 PM

Register here

Do colleges need their own police forces? If so, what changes are needed so that departments are responsive to the community, and students of color feel safe on campus? If not, what might replace them?


  • John Pérez, chair, University of California Board of Regents
  • Joseph Farrow, chief of police, UC Davis
  • Kimberly King, psychology professor, Laney College
  • Naomi Waters, UC Student Association
  • Ja’Corey Bowens, Associated Students of San Francisco State University

Join the discussion on campus safety by registering today.

This event is co-presented by KQED. Higher education reporting at KQED and at CalMatters is supported by generous grants from the College Futures Foundation.

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