• UWA introduces nighttime safety initiative

    Posted: February 09, 2011

    Author: Meaghan Gordon

    LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama Campus Police Department has instituted the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) program to increase campus safety by providing free student escorts anywhere on campus by request.  

    Staffed by students and supervised by Campus Police, SNAP offers transportation to students, staff and visitors Sunday through Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Anyone requesting an escort may call 205-652-3602 to provide pick-up location and destination.  

    “We want to give those walking across campus at night an additional sense of security,” said Jeff Manuel, UWA police chief.  

    “The SNAP workers will also serve as extra sets of eyes, ears and feet for our officers as they patrol campus, reporting potentially dangerous situations to the police department,” he continued. 

    In addition to increasing surveillance and promoting personal safety, SNAP students can also perform CPR and basic first aid in emergency situations and jumpstart dead batteries. 

    Manuel says those requesting an escort should contact SNAP prior to the desired departure time to reduce the wait. He also stressed that escorts will operate only on campus, although SNAP students may carry passengers to the perimeter of campus.  

    “This is a great program, and I encourage students to utilize SNAP to get a ride to their destination,” Manuel said. 

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