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University Police offers students unique work experience as auxiliary officers

Monday, September 10, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Through a unique division within Penn State University Police, students support police officers with various security and traffic control efforts while gaining important experience that prepares them for their career goals. 

Student auxiliary officers are employed by University Police at Penn State's University Park and Altoona campuses.

At University Park, auxiliary officers provide security and traffic support for most University Park events, including sporting events, events in the HUB-Robeson Center, student arrival days at residence halls, and concerts and other events at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Auxiliary officers at University Park also assist with the Safe Walk program, a service designed to provide accompaniment to Penn State students, employees and visitors who may feel unsafe walking alone at night. The student officers carry police radios and walk participants to and from on-campus locations. Safe Walks are available from dusk until dawn, 365 days a year, by calling 814-865-WALK (9255).

In March, the unit received a certificate of recognition as an “external teammate” that has provided “exceptional service” to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics.

“The Auxiliary Police program allows students to gain a variety of unique experiences while building essential skills for any profession, such as time management, situation de-escalation, and interpersonal communication,” said Sgt. John Torres, supervisor of Auxiliary Police at University Park. “Students gain these critical skills while also helping University Police to maintain public safety during popular events for students and visitors.” 

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