Police Service Assistants (PSA)
Cpl. Michael Barnes
PSA Program Coordinator
Supplementing the Police Patrol Division, UPD also maintains an extensive Police Service Assistant (PSA) Program. PSAs are pre-screened and undergo a field training program prior to working on their own.
PSAs wear distinctive uniforms, are equipped with police radios and provide the campus community with many additional services, such as:
- Patrol the Residence Halls and University Housing Services facilities
- Patrol University facilities to enhance campus safety
- Unlock services when a facility needs to be made available to students, staff and visitors
Through the Safety Escort Program, PSAs provide escorts for members of the campus community up to 2 blocks off-campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Typically, a trained, uniformed PSA equipped with a radio will walk you to your destination. However, in the event that a PSA is not available, a police officer will provide the escort.
The SJSU Safe Ride Program extends the escort distance beyond the two blocks to Interstate 280 to the south, Julian Street to the north, First Street to the west and Sixteenth Street to the east. The Safe Ride Program is available Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
If you feel unsafe walking through campus, you can request an escort, or the Safe Ride Program by using any Blue Light or elevator phone. You can also dial 4-2000 from any on-campus phone or 408-924-2000 from any outside phone. You will be connected to a UPD dispatcher who will arrange the escort.