Genesee Community College Introduces Student Safety Patrol

Student Volunteer Positions Available
Genesee Community College is pleased to announce the formation of a new Student Safety Patrol at the Batavia Campus. The Student Safety Patrol (SSP) is formed from current Genesee Criminal Justice students who work as volunteers and have taken the New York State Security Guard training course. These students assist the Public Safety Department in a variety of non-police functions at the Batavia Campus.

For a number of years, the Criminal Justice Club at Genesee has been providing security services at various events on campus, such as the annual Fashion Show, Rockfest, and Experience Genesee. As a result of student interest and funding from a Perkins Grant, the Criminal Justice Club was able to start the SSP. Currently, there are ten students trained and participating in the program. Students become eligible for the program when they complete the NYS Security Guard training course. The security guard training is offered several times a year through the College’s BEST Center. Students who enroll in CRJ120: Intro to Security also receive the training. The next BEST Center course is being offered on March 28 from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at the Batavia Campus. To register for the NYS Security Guard training course, visit

The objectives of the new safety patrol are to enhance the level of security patrol presence, particularly in campus buildings, and ensure a high level of personal safety for those working, studying, or visiting the campus. In addition, the SSP provides an opportunity for volunteer duties for Criminal Justice students who have a career interest in law enforcement, public safety, or security. The Student Safety Patrol also assists the College’s public safety staff to achieve their operational objectives and target special security and safety needs.

“With the increase in incidents on college campuses, we thought a Student Safety Patrol would be most beneficial,” Barry Garigen, professor of Criminal Justice said. “The students gain valuable experience in working these details and enjoy providing volunteer service to the College.”

Student Safety Patrollers augment Public Safety services by performing the following light security details in and around Genesee Community College:
  • Patrol all campus buildings as a visible deterrent and community resource
  • Assist as directed during critical incidents, at Public Safety’s discretion
  • Observe and report any suspicious/criminal activity observed on patrol
  • Perform customer service duties when required
  • Audits of campus lighting, emergency phones, access card systems
  • Fire safety equipment checks
  • Assist with control of vehicle/pedestrian traffic during events
  • Safe-walk (escort) service provided as requested
  • Perform the receptionist function in Public Safety as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned
Student volunteers are still needed for the remainder of the spring 2009 semester and for the fall 2009 semester. For further information or to join the SSP program, contact Barry Garigen, Criminal Justice professor at Genesee, at 585-343-0055 x6307 or