The Department of Public Safety employs and directs a Student Security force made up of full time students from the College to assist the regular campus police force. Student Security Officers are used as observers, shuttle drivers, escorts, dispatchers, concert/library security, and to assist the campus police.
The student security unit includes:
1 Deputy Chief
1 Supervisor assigned to Communications/Training
This is from the WNEC Police Website:
1 Supervisor assigned to Operations
1 Supervisor assigned to Payroll
1 Supervisor assigned to Fleet Maintenance
28 Student Security Officers (at full staff)
Student Security Officers have the opportunity to apply for any of the supervisory positions as those positions become available.
Student Security Officers are also given the opportunity to request assignment for a position as a Field Training Officer to assist in the training of new Student Security Officers.
This is from the WNEC Police Website:
Student Patrollers work in conjunction with uniformed Campus Police staff to provide a more secure campus by acting as "eyes and ears." Patrollers conduct foot and bicycle patrols in teams of two, at night, in all types of weather conditions. Other assignments include providing security at the LaRiviere front lobby, the School of Law, and the Alumni Healthful Living Center as needed. Patrollers assist with traffic control and security during special events such as college fairs, political debates, and concerts. Examples of what patrollers respond to and report include disturbances, maintenance problems, unsecured buildings, medical emergencies, and suspicious activity.
As with all students on campus, patrollers are not allowed to carry personal weapons. Staff are provided with shirts and windbreakers for identification, flashlights, and a two-way radio for communication with the Campus Police. Bike team members are also supplied with BDU pants, a bike helmet and safety glasses. All patrollers receive a brief class on recognizing threats and how to respond to them. This class is offered by the Department's defensive tactics coordinator.
Think you'd like to become a Student Patroller? Here are some facts:
Excellent resume builder.
Learn CPR, join the bike patrol unit and receive patrol bicycle training.
Help maintain a safe campus by working in conjunction with uniformed Campus Police staff.
Patrollers are typically Criminal Justice majors, but all others are welcome. First preference typically goes to students with Work Study who are undergraduates.
Rotating work schedule, so you don't have to work the same days every week. The unit operates primarily at night, six days a week. Patrollers are obligated to work at least eight hours per week with plenty of opportunity for additonal work if they want it. Each shift is four hours long; typically from 8 p.m. to midnight and/or from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Student Patrol began in 1995 with just 6 people. Currently, there are 11 patrollers (two of which are supervisors) with various backgrounds.
Student Patrollers have obtained employment with agencies such as the NYPD, Hampden County (MA) Sherrif's Dept., Falmouth (MA) Police Dept., Hampden (MA) Police Dept., Eastfield Mall (Springfield) Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Western New England College Police Dept.
Thanks to all!! I am trying to see what other schools are doing and was considering making a proposal for a similar program at the College I work at. We do use Student dispatchers on various days, but I wanted to develop a more structured program which would include student officers.
What do you folks see as Nagatives and Positives of having student S/O's??
We have utilized students with much sucess over the years. While they primarily serve as security officers and do things such as alarm tests, escorts, building checks, some of our better ones are utilized to dispatch. Our students are usually a big help RPD, and some have come on full time such as myself..
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10 years ago there was an incident with student security at WSC. I was working that area when one of the student security was in the city of Westfield and in the need to get back on campus to assist the Campus Police (he was not called but he wanted to be there) he activated the unmarked cruiser's lights and siren through city streets & traffic. In checking up afterward I was told he shouldnt have even been in the car (he took it to get gas) and should have never done that. I think he was shortly after "let go".
Has this happened on other campus' and what Campus Pd would assume the liability for this potential disaster?
What's really cool is when the IT guy who's-friend-with-mr. motorpool takes the marked cruisers out for service and drives back on campus speeding and spinning tires in the sand. Yeah, makes us look good!