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UPSA program assists with security

By Sashana Campbell
On September 26, 2012


The University Police Students' Assistant program, working along with the University Police
Department, has been providing security and patrols on Buffalo State's campus since the 1970s.
The program, which started with approximately 15 criminal justice majors whose main duties
involved night patrols, has increased to 70 students with different majors. The various duties
the UPSA attends to around campus have increased to reflect the growth in students joining the
Duties of the UPSA include providing security at the E.H. Butler Library, Campbell Student
Union and the study quad and quiet quad. Students involved in the program also assist with
residence hall check in, patrolling residence halls at night, the motorist assistance program van
and providing various walking patrols and escorts.
"The UPSA and UPD are committed to assisting all members of the Buffalo State community in
providing for their own safety and security." said Jayme Riter, director of the UPSA program.
The shuttle service, which operates both during the day and at night, is one of the services
provided by the program. It is underused by the students on campus, she said.
"Everyone is welcome to have a ride," Riter said. "The shuttles provide service 20 hours a day
and the vans are clearly labeled."
The daytime shuttle runs Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., while the evening
escort shuttle operates from 4:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., making stops all over campus.
"We are trying to get people really aware of this program, whether they are tired, don't want to
walk in bad weather, or scared to walk alone, our drivers will stop to give them a ride," Riter
The UPSA also offers the Motorist Assistance Program, which provides free, on-campus
emergency road service to faculty, students and visitors to the college. This service offers
assistance to drivers who need help charging a dead battery. They also lend tools to assist in
changing a flat tire, Riter said.
If a more serious problem occurs, the MAP service will help in securing the appropriate
The MAP service is available between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and on
Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Wherever on campus you are, feel free to call us, and we will do our best to assist you in a
timely and cheerful manner," said Robert House, coordinator for the UPSA program.
UPSA takes applications on a rolling basis and employs approximately 20 to 25 students per
semester to replace outgoing student assistants. Students must have a 2.75 GPA or higher to
be hired by the program and be at least a second semester freshman. Students employed by
the program are screened by the University Police Department and should have a professional
reference, House said.
Student assistants in UPSA can be identified by their uniforms, composed of a red shirt and
khaki pants. They typically work anywhere from 12 to 15 hours a week, and start out making
$7.75 an hour. They can make up to $10 an hour if they work special events around campus.
"The program gives me the flexibility to choose my own hours and also choose where I work,"
said Hope Mayes, a senior theatre major. "It helped me to get to know my campus."
Some students who have worked through the program have become border patrol agents, federal
bureau investigation officers, police officers and have worked for the Central Intelligence
"The program is a really great stepping stone for criminal justice majors," Riter said.
Sashana Campbell can be reached by email at

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