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UCR Swears in Police Chief

UCR Swears in New Chief of Police

Mike Lane officially takes the reins of the campus police force

(August 3, 2005)

Mike Lane addressing the audience at his swearing-in ceremony as UCR Chancellor France Cordova looks on<br />

Mike Lane addressing the audience at his swearing-in ceremony as UCR Chancellor France Cordova looks on

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Mike Lane was sworn in today as the chief of police at the University of California, Riverside in a ceremony before friends, family, campus administrators, staff, and a contingent of colleagues from neighboring law enforcement agencies.

Lane is the sixth UCR police chief since the early 1970s, when the campus began keeping such records.

“In my culture — I’m Jewish — we have a word for men like Mike, the word is mensch, and Mike is a mensch in every sense of the word: integrity, honesty, decency and compassion,” said Lane’s predecessor, former UCR Police Chief Henry “Hank” Rosenfeld.

Rosenfeld, who retired July 1, pinned the Chief-of-Police badge onto Lane’s chest during the 40-minute ceremony inside the performance theater in the campus Arts Building.

UCR Chancellor France A. Córdova hailed Lane as a conscientious, compassionate and focused professional who will offer the department continuity, stability and most importantly, vision.

Dean of Students Susan Allen-Ortega noted that Lane understands the campus from almost every perspective, having entered UCR in 1988 as an undergraduate student, jostling for a parking space, sweating out finals and hashing out grades with his professors. Lane received his Bachelor of Science degree in administrative studies from UCR in 1992.

After graduation Lane worked in the campus housing office and became a 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 after completion.

His focus on community service, working in tandem with UCR’s neighbors and understanding the complexities of law enforcement within the university community have set Lane apart and brought him success in the department, according to Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration Jack Azzaretto.

When Lane’s appointment was announced in June, Rosenfeld heartily endorsed the decision. On Wednesday, Lane returned the favor.

“Hank has been an invaluable mentor and role model for me and rest assured, Hank, you’ll be getting some calls from me in the near future,” he said to chuckles from the audience. “I’m honored and truly humbled. Law enforcement is not an easy job but I’m committed to doing it with a high degree of integrity and professionalism in order to serve the community.”

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 surrounding areas. The UCR department’s 29 uniformed personnel are duly sworn peace officers for the state of California. The department has a close working relationship with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside Police Department. UCR’s sworn officers are supported by 11 civilian employees.


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