The Foothill-De Anza College District Police Department became a full-service, California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)-recognized law enforcement agency in 2001. Prior to 2001, Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and De Anza College in Cupertino maintained separate departments. While Foothill had armed, uniformed officers, De Anza only had unarmed officers, who wore polo shirts and slacks. With changes in the law and events that had occurred on the campuses, the college district decided to combine their resources and provide full police services to the faculty, staff, and students of both campuses.
Department Mission Statement
We, the members of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department, strive to achieve our goal of providing the highest quality service to fulfill the needs of the college community. We will commit our resources in partnership with the community to promote a safe and secure environment.
Department Core Values
- PROFESSIONALISM. We are dedicated to training, education and individual self-discipline.
- RESPECT. We treat all persons with dignity and in a courteous manner, exhibiting understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity, both in our professional and personal endeavors.
- INTEGRITY. Integrity is the foundation of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department. We maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in all relations.
- DUTY. We provide quality service in an efficient and accessible manner. We treat each event and citizen interaction as though the entire success of the department rests upon our performance.
- EQUALITY. We respond to all people impartially, with consideration and compassion. We are equally responsive to the needs of our faculty, staff, students, and the community we serve.
We are proud to be members of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Department. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and strive to accomplish and maintain these core values.
Welcome Message from Chief Ron Levine
The Chief of Police reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Business Services, and is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Foothill-De Anza Police Department. The Chief is responsible for planning, directing and organizing the Foothill-De Anza Police Department.
The Chief of Police supervises and manages the Foothill-De Anza Police Department budget in a manner consistent with parameters of budget authorization and District mission; acts as the College's liaison with external public safety agencies and community organizations; supervises and manages the comprehensive and overall District law enforcement program, facility security, emergency preparedness, parking and traffic control, while keeping abreast of and implementing appropriate current professional trends and developments; supervises and manages Foothill-De Anza Police Department personnel policies and decisions including recruitment, selection, training and evaluation in a manner that attracts, develops and retains a cutting-edge professional and diverse work force; maintains a close working relationship with all members of the college community, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators, based upon a community service-based policing approach; maintains regular contact and involvement in appropriate professional law enforcement and public safety organizations with a focus on bringing the highest levels of professional excellence to the community; develops and oversees a training program for Foothill-De Anza Police Department Officers based upon a commitment to continuous improvement set by the California POST program.
Foothill-De Anza Community College District Police Officers have full police powers anywhere in the State of California. All officers have completed a series of tests and education mandated by the California POST program and must maintain annual training to remain certified.
Our department consists of:
- 11 sworn peace officers:
- 1 Police Chief
- 1 Assistant Police Chief
- 1 Police Sergeant
- 8 Police Officers
- 2 full-time police dispatchers
- 3 Community Service Officers who handle parking, traffic and minor reports
- 20 student aides who assist with parking enforcement, door locks and unlocks, battery jumps, and student escort services
All Foothill-De Anza Police Department Police Officers have the responsibility of investigating felony and misdemeanor crimes occurring on both the Foothill and De Anza campuses. Officers work closely with allied agencies to identify suspects and crime trends. The Foothill-De Anza Police Officers also concentrate on violence against women and sexual assaults that occur on both the campuses. The department is also responsible for the Sex Offender Registrant Program and works closely with the Department of Justice and the local District Attorney.
Foothill-De Anza Police Department Officers are responsible for the investigations of both crimes against persons and property, which include: burglary, grand larceny, stolen property, vehicle theft, fraud/forgeries, identity theft, assaults, robberies, crimes against children, weapons violations and other types of crimes involving the campus community.
Additionally, our officers receive various types of in-service training related to the specific needs of the campus on an ongoing basis.
From time to time we provide mutual aid to other agencies such as the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, Los Altos Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and other agencies.
- Basic first aid and CPR skills
- Cultural diversity skills
- Defensive driving tactics
- DUI, fraud, and crime scene investigations
- Interviewing, fingerprinting, and photography skills
- Narcotics and narcotics user identification
- Safe firearm handling techniques
- Patrol techniques
- Responding to emotionally-disturbed persons, civil disturbances, and domestic violence situations
Patches & Insignia
Below are some of the known examples of insignia worn by members of the Foothill and De Anza College Police (Safety & Security) Departments over the years.
|Current Style - The current patch was designed and implemented in 2001 after the consolidation of the two departments. The patch is CHP-shaped, with a blue twill background and gold lettering. In the center is a seven-point gold badge, with a full-color California state seal in the middle. Around the state seal are the words "FOOTHILL-DE ANZA COLLEGE DIST." At the top of the patch, above the badge is the word "POLICE." A gold stripe separates the word "POLICE" from the lower portion of the patch.|
|The subdued version of the current style patch was introduced in 2006. It is worn on black tactical and K-9 BDUs (Battle Dress Uniforms) in place of the full-color patch.|
|Foothill-De Anza Junior College District Campus Police (prior to Community College District) patch. Worn from 1969-1970. Patch reported as designed by Chief Joe Silva.|
|This patch was worn from the early 1970s to 1978. The Department only covered Foothill College from 1978 until 2001. Patch designed by Cliff Balch.|
|De Anza Security patch worn in the 1970s. (No other information is known - if you happen to know the history of this patch, please contact us.)|
|First authorized for wear in October 2003, this patch is worn in place of the regulation metal badge. It is currently authorized to be worn on uniform BDUs, cold weather jackets, polo shirts, and baseball caps. It is a seven-point star, with silver bullion embroidery. The patch has a full-color California state seal in the center. The top banner has the word "POLICE" with "FOOTHILL-DE ANZA COLLEGE DISTRICT" around the state seal, in blue lettering.|
|This patch is round, with a blue twill background, with a white seven-point badge in the center. Inside the badge is the word "POLICE." Above the badge is the word "FOOTHILL" and below the badge is "DE ANZA".|
|This patch was worn by members of the Foothill Police Department from about 1978 to 2001, when the current patch was introduced. The patch is CHP-shaped, with a blue twill background and gold lettering. In the center is a seven-point star, with the Foothill Community College District logo in the center. Around the logo are the words "FOOTHILL COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT." At the top of the patch are the words, "CAMPUS POLICE", with "FOOTHILL" below.|
|This patch was worn around 1998 to 2001 by peace officers working at De Anza College. It was worn on BDUs, polo shirts and baseball caps. The patch is round, with a blue twill background. In the center is a gold badge, with a full-color California state seal in the middle. Around the seal are the words "PEACE OFFICER" and "DE ANZA COLLEGE."|
|De Anza College - Campus Safety - This patch was worn by peace officers at De Anza from about 1998 to 2001. It was worn on BDUs and cold weather jackets. The patch is CHP-shaped, with a blue twill background and gold lettering. In the center is a seven-point star, with a full-color California state seal in the center. At the top are the words "DE ANZA COLLEGE" and "CAMPUS SAFETY" embroidered in gold.|
|De Anza College - Campus Security - This patch was worn by campus security officers from around 1998 to 2001. The patch is CHP-shaped, with a blue twill background and gold lettering. In the center is a seven-point star, with a full-color California state seal in the center. At the top are the words "CAMPUS SECURITY" and "DE ANZA" embroidered in gold. Note the unusual purple color used in the state seal.|
|This patch was worn by Community Service Officers working at De Anza College from about 1998 to 2001. It was worn on BDUs, polo shirts, and baseball caps. The patch is round, with a blue twill background. In the center is a gold badge, with a full-color California state seal in the middle. Around the state seal are the words "CSO" and "DE ANZA COLLEGE."|
|The K-9 patch was introduced in 2006. It was worn on blue training BDUs and windbreaker jackets.|
|Subdued version of the K-9 patch. Also introduced in 2006, it was worn on black ripstop BDUs.|
|Community Service Officer and Parking Control tab patches are worn by staff below the current style uniform patch. CSOs and Parking Officers wear light blue shirts.|
|This patch was first introduced in 2005. It is worn by Police Student Aides assigned to the Bike Unit and the subdued version is worn by Police Officers. The PSAs wear the patch on the sleeves their royal blue polo shirts and the Police Officers wear them on the sleeves of their black polo shirts. Police Officers' shirts have an embroidered badge on the front and a large back patch that says "POLICE" in silver lettering.|
|Original Foothill College Campus Police patch. Worn on gray uniforms from the early 1960s to mid-1960s. (Patch courtesy of Jim Suits.)|
|Second generation Foothill Campus Police patch. Worn on gray uniforms from mid-'60s until 1969. (Patch courtesy of Rob Bryn.)|