About the UC Santa Cruz Police Department
The University of California, Santa Cruz, opened in 1965 and grew, one college
at a time, to its current (2006-07) enrollment of about 15,000 students. Undergraduates pursue 62 majors supervised by divisional
deans of humanities, physical & biological sciences, social sciences, and arts. Graduate students work toward graduate
certificates, master's degrees, or doctoral degrees in 33 academic fields under the supervision of the divisional and graduate
deans. The dean of the Jack Baskin School of Engineering oversees the campus's undergraduate and graduate engineering programs.
Police officers of the UCSC Police Department are duly sworn peace officers
under section 830.2(b) of the California Penal Code. The officers of the department are armed and possess the same authority
under the law as municipal police officers. UCSC Police Officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They enforce
the law, arrest violators, investigate and suppress crime, investigate traffic and bicycle accidents, and provide a full range
of services to the community. The UCSC Police Department has police officers responsible for specialized assignments including
crime prevention, investigation, bicycle patrol and motorcycle patrol.
Kathy "Kat" Albrecht was a police officer, field training officer, detective
and K9 handler for the University of California at Santa Cruz Police Department. According to her website, “During her
ten-year career as a search dog handler, Albrecht and her dogs located physical evidence, missing people, and criminals. In
1996, Albrecht's bloodhound A.J. escaped from his yard and was missing. In her panic, Albrecht brought in another search dog
that she used to successfully track down A.J. This is what sparked the idea, "Why not train dogs to track lost pets?" In their
first four searches, Albrecht and her search dog Rachel physically located two lost cats and one lost dog. Since 1997, Albrecht
has effectively utilized law enforcement techniques and technologies to recover lost pets and has trained several other search
dogs and human pet detectives.
In 2001, Albrecht founded Missing
Pet Partnership, a national nonprofit organization that is working to research the behavioral patterns of lost pets, educate
pet owners in how to properly search for a lost pet, and educate animal shelter staff and volunteers in the science of lost
pet behavior. In 2004, Albrecht founded Pet Hunters International, a pet detective academy that will train and certify Missing
Animal Response Technicians, Investigators, and MAR search dogs trained to locate lost pets.
Kat Albrecht first book is her memoir, The
Lost Pet Chronicles: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective, explores her transition from police detective to