The Northern Arizona University Police Department is committed to providing the safety and security of the students, parents, faculty, employees and guests who live, work and visit our campus. The University Safety Aide program is an integral part of our efforts.
University Safety Aides (USAs) are NAU student workers employed by the Police Department to augment our Patrol Division. While they do not perform the same duties as police officers, they do serve as extra eyes and ears for our department. The gray shirts or black jackets that they wear readily identify the USAs.
The USAs work in teams of two or three to patrol the University campus. They can be found on foot, bicycles, or in unmarked vehicles. Two-way radios keep them in contact with a police dispatcher and police officers on patrol. They are responsible for reporting suspicious activity and hazardous conditions, checking buildings for door and window violations, and assisting police officers in non-enforcement activities (i.e., traffic point control). One of their more important duties is to provide safety escorts to any destination within the university campus.
In order to become a USA a person must be 18 years of age and a full time student with a minimum of two remaining semesters. All USAs must successfully complete an intensive training program.
If you are interested in becoming a USA or if you need an escort, please call 523-3611 and ask to speak to a USA Student Supervisor or email:PDSafetyAides@nau.edu.