John Thomas, UCLA’s new police chief, is pictured. Thomas sat down with Daily Bruin’s city and crime editor, Sharla Steinman, to discuss his new role and how his past experiences have equipped him to serve UCLA’s campus. (Courtesy of UCLA)
This post was updated Feb. 13 at 10:27 p.m.
John Thomas was appointed as UCLA’s police chief Jan. 11 after serving as interim chief since December 2022.
Experts said the topics of police reform and diversity will be key in selecting a new police chief, as current LAPD Chief Michael Moore steps down at the end of February and Dominic Choi begins his term as interim chief March 1.
UCPD is searching for an individual suspected of two on-campus sexual battery incidents that occurred Friday.
According to a crime alert sent Saturday night, the suspect reportedly grabbed one victim’s buttocks near the Inverted Fountain around 2 p.m.
This post was updated Jan. 11 at 10:33 p.m.
The current interim chief of police John Thomas will serve as UCLA’s new chief of police.
Thomas, who attended UCLA from 1980 to 1984, has served as UCLA’s interim chief of police since December 2022.
UCPD informed students and faculty Friday morning of a Thursday on-campus sexual assault.
The case is not under investigation, and the victim, who is a student, is not seeking prosecution.
According to the crime alert, on Thursday at approximately 1:50 p.m., the suspect slapped the victim’s buttocks and screamed as they walked past one another.
A Harbor-UCLA Medical Center director resigned from his position Dec. 6, following accusations that he had defended the center’s former orthopedics chief from sexual misconduct allegations.
This post was updated Nov. 5 at 10:17 p.m.
BURBANK, Calif. – A judge granted the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office a retrial on all hung counts remaining against former UCLA gynecologist James Heaps on Friday.
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