We encourage everyone to use this service whenever they feel uncomfortable or unsafe walking or biking alone.
The CSO Safety Escort Program is a free service provided to all students, faculty and community members during the evening and early morning hours. The safety escort service is based on the "buddy" system and the objective is to provide a safer mode of transportation through campus and Isla Vista. This involves pairing you with Student Safety Partners who will accompany you, whether you're walking or biking, to your intended destination.
SSPs are equipped with digital radios, enhancing their communication with Police Dispatch and Officers, thereby offering an additional layer of security. While not serving as physical bodyguards, SSPs are well-trained to promptly identify if an officer or medical assistance is necessary.
Safety Escorts are available for anyone 24/7, 365 days a year, and are encouraged for individuals who are walking or biking alone. When requesting an escort, you'll be asked for your name, location, any relevant room number, your chosen mode of transportation, and the specific destination.
The CSO Safety Escort Program is only one of the many services that the Community Service Organization provides, but it might possibly be the most important.
It's essential to note that after guiding you to your destination, SSPs will return to their patrol duties and won't wait at the location. For the return journey, a separate request for a CSO Safety Escort will be required.