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Hi all, I have a question for everyone. On your campuses, do you provide protective escorts to the students? If so, are you armed or does your department not carry?

Here is why I am asking. I work at a campus in boston that does not carry and for as far back as I can remember, we have been providing escorts to students and faculty. We are not armed, and in light of the recent beacon hill armed assault, the union was thinking of telling the school that we no longer feel safe providing escorts when we don't have the proper tools. What does anyone think? Could the school discipline our officers for insubordination?

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I also work in Boston and we are armed. We will provide escorts upon request to hot young females only :icon_hum: J/k, but we will do them, and as far as I know every campus PD does them. It comes with the territory IMO. Stay safe everyone.
 

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We provide unarmed safety escorts 0300 thru 0700 hours. The escorts are for safety only as groups are encouraged to walk together and are told to drop off all passengers at their assigned dorm. The escorts are from our off campus parking lots only and Police calls take priority. We average approximately 40 safety escorts a month.
 

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Could the school discipline our officers for insubordination?
You cannot be disciplined for engaging in protected and concerted activities (i.e. raising a legitimate safety concern). However, refusing to provide the escorts before the issue is resolved may subject you to discipline for insubordination. I would address the issue through the safety clause in the contract (if you have one....if not - it might be something to consider for the next one).

If your goal is to get armed, this should be done in the form of a comprehensive attack - citing all applicable reasons with supporting facts and circumstances. I would not rely on this one set of facts. On the other hand, if you goal is to not perform these duties, then I would proceed with informal discussions (always start off nice…) followed by a grievance, if the mater remains unresolved through less formal means.
 

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Our department is armed (UMass Lowell) and we do not provide escorts to students unless there are other circumstances involved. We have a student escort service that runs from 7pm until 1am (?) and they provide transportation for the students in between the campuses.
 

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Just an opinion from a union man. And i'm not sure if your union or not. But your defense is, / If you can't protect yourself, how can you protect anyone else /
 

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Our school has an on campus "student driven shuttle van" that operates most night until midnight and on weekends until 0100. If a student needs an escort after these hours, they generally call the emergency line and we are dispatched to the caller. SOP dictates that we log in beginning and ending mileage etc. Groups of students are encouraged to walk together. If we are on patrol and 2 or more students flag us down and ask for a ride, we have some discretion as to whether we escort them. In all instances, calls for service take priority.

Now, is this policy taken advantage by the students? Absolutely. We'll be driving and some drunk kid will flag us down and ask for a ride to his dorm because he is "tired" and it turns out his room is 100 yards away. A student reporter actually had the nerve to write an article in the student paper that we in Public Safety should stop students that we see and offer them rides. So, apparently we are to be a "taxi" service and have to solicit rides. What a joke..........jeez
 

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I go to BSC, we have safety escort from 7pm to 3am every day of the week. If it's past before 7pm, there is also a bus that goes around campus and stops at pre-determined stops. After 3am, if you're alone, you can call the PD and they will escort you.
 

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To me its pretty simple... just my :2c: ...After dark, people should walk in pairs whenever possible. Escort at 3am? Interesting, it was safe enough for them to go out partying but once back on Campus they can't walk to their room? If they're afraid to walk in Boston, then maybe they shouldn't go to school/live in Boston. I am sympathetic to girls that have current "issues" (i.e. Harrassment, Domesstic issues, etc.) But we all know 90% of the escorts are because the don't want to walk.

I use to love the look on their faces when they called for an escort to their dorm and I would WALK with them, and they were expecting a ride.
 
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Well I also work in Boston and this might blow some of your minds away but we conduct cash escorts for our cashier and we do not carry a fire arm. Other officers in our department have had several conversations regarding the personal safety for the person(s) and for ourselfs while conducting this service. But like prevously posted it comes with the territory. Stay safe everybody!!!
 
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