We encourage everyone to use this service whenever they feel uncomfortable or unsafe walking or biking alone.
The CSO Escort Program is a free service provided to all students, faculty and community members during the evening and early morning hours. The 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 is accomplished by sending Community Service Officers to walk or bike with you to your destination.
CSOs have another level of protection in addition to the "buddy" system. CSOs are equipped with digital radios which allow them to be in constant contact with the Police Dispatch and Police Officers. CSOs are in no way considered bodyguards in a physical sense, yet they are responsible and trained to contact an officer when needed.
Escorts are available for anyone 24/7, 365 days a year, and they are encouraged if you are walking or biking alone.
Once an escort is requested, the dispatcher will ask for your name, location, a room number if applicable, whether you are walking or riding a bike, and your specific destination.
The CSO Escort Program is only one of the many services that the Community Service Organization provides, but it might possibly be the most important.
Note on round trips: After escorting you to your location, CSO's will return to their patrol duties, they will not wait outside or inside for you. You must call for an additional CSO escort upon return.