June, 17, 2010

VUPD Expands Community Service Officer Program

Does your car need a jump? Did you lock your keys in your car . . . again? Well, Vanderbilt University’s Police Department is providing more help for some of life’s minor emergencies with its expanded community service officer program.

The department has added five community service officers, bringing to 10 the number of uniformed civilians who focus on providing services to the Vanderbilt community such as jump starting and unlocking cars, walking escorts and serving as extra “eyes” and “ears” for police officers. The community service officers travel in specially marked trucks.

The department also has plans to add five more community service officers to its ranks.

“We wanted to continue and enhance our community service functions while allowing police officers to focus on providing appropriate police services,” said Jason Goodrich, VUPD commander of special operations.

If you need assistance, dial 322-2745 (2-2745 from a campus extension) for non-emergency calls. In an emergency, dial 911.