Through the years

Here are some high points of retiring UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitch Celaya's 30 years on the campus police force:

  • Handled visits by numerous dignitaries such as the Dalai Lama, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, former President Bill Clinton, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

  • Received UC systemwide Meritorious Service Award for his response to the August 1992 assassination attempt on former Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien.

  • Kept tabs on Cal characters such as the Naked Man, the Bubble Lady, street performer Stoney Burke and others.

  • Involved in many protests, including People's Park, Occupy Cal, the 22-month "tree sit" to save a grove of oak trees, and the Wheeler Hall occupation.

  • UCPD received national attention when Officers Allison Jacobs and Lisa Campbell realized something was off when Phillip Garrido and his two daughters showed up at Cal in August 2009. The officers' persistent questioning helped them uncover that Garrido and his wife, Nancy, had kidnapped Tahoe girl Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and had held her captive in their Antioch backyard for 18 years. Both are in prison for life.