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August 12, 2009
By Anh Ha
Walking on campus doesn't have to be frightening. Request a Campus Service Officer from the SafeWalk Program and walk worry-free to your next destination.
The Campus SafeWalk Program was started in 1993 at the request of ASCSU.
ASCSU found that numerous campuses across the nation have similar programs and the student government wanted to create a program that would enhance the safety of the CSU campus.
“CSU was and still is a very safe campus, however, crime does occasionally occur and it is always advisable to take steps to avoid becoming a crime victim. We always advocate that people not walk alone at night,” says CSUPD Commander Chris Wolf.
The program is staffed by Campus Service Officers, or CSOs, who are paid CSUPD student employees. The SafeWalk employees are not sworn or armed, however, they engage in over 50 hours of training on safety and various other skill sets. CSOs are supervised by a police watch commander and a complete background check is required for the position.
Any student, faculty, or staff member can request a SafeWalk from CSOs to and from any location on the CSU campus or the surrounding areas. You can recognize CSOs by their distinct yellow shirts or jackets. They also carry identification and radios that directly connect to the CSUPD 911 Communication Center.
The service area includes the main campus and three blocks in all directions surrounding the campus. View map of the service area.
During the fall and spring semesters, SafeWalk is offered from dusk until 1 a.m., seven days a week. The service is free.
“Safewalk is a valuable program that is underutilized by the students. Some students may feel they don’t want to bother the department by calling for a walk. That is the furthest from the truth. CSOs like to stay busy and are never bothered when someone calls for a walk. When someone calls for a walk, they are given an approximate time that a CSO will arrive so they know how long they will have to wait,” says Wolf.
To request a SafeWalk, locate one of the 60-plus outdoor emergency service phones, distinctive by their blue light, or call (970) 491-1155.