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UC Riverside Announces New Police Chief

Assistant Chief Mike Lane will lead the department July 1

(June 28, 2005)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — UC Riverside’s new police chief will be Mike Lane, who has been serving as assistant chief since 2003, Vice Chancellor C. Michael Webster announced recently.

Lane, 35, will begin July 1, taking over for Chief Henry, “Hank” Rosenfeld, who will retire June 30 after 16 years at the helm of the campus police force.

Lane has been a member of the UCR community since 1988 when he entered UCR as an undergraduate student. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in administrative studies, he worked in the UCR Housing office, eventually becoming resident director at Lothian Hall. In 1996, he attended the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Academy and was hired as a patrol officer with the UCR police department shortly thereafter.

“His focus has always been community service and acting as liaison with our UCR neighbors,” said Vice Chancellor Webster. “He has worked extensively on the department's hate crimes policy and makes numerous presentations to the campus and surrounding community about safety and police services. Because of his long association with the campus in a variety of areas, he has a unique perspective and has built strong relationships throughout the campus and the community.”

Chief Rosenfeld endorsed the choice. "Mike's appointment provides the UCR community with continuity, stability, decency, integrity, and compassion at the top of the police department," he said. “I could not imagine a better successor than Mike Lane. I am thrilled for Mike, the department and the campus."

Lane said Chief Rosenfeld will be a hard act to follow, but he is prepared for the challenge. “Chief Rosenfeld has been a mentor to me as well as others within the law enforcement community. Hank has made himself personally accessible to the community that respects his role as a supporter, volunteer and peacekeeper. He has created a department of men and women who perform their duties with dignity, respect, professionalism, and integrity."

The University of California Police Department (UCPD) operates 24 hours a day year round and provides a full range of police-related services focusing on the campus and the surrounding area. Officers are duly sworn peace officers of the State of California. The department has a close working relationship with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the Riverside Police Department. The UCR force currently has 29 sworn officers and 11 civilian employees.


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