The Student Patrol is a distinct unit within the Department of Public Safety under the supervision of the Rowan Police. Its main mission is to bolster and enhance the Department of Public Safety's ability to patrol the campus and maintain a safe environment for fellow students and employees. Additionally, the Student Patrol provides a select group of students with practical experience, learning opportunities, and networking contacts with career practitioners in the criminal justice field.
Students who are Law & Justice majors and are registered for the Internship I or Internship II course are invited to apply to the program. After applying, a thorough interview and background investigation is conducted prior to undergoing a 30+ hours training regimen. Those who successfully complete the training are issued uniforms and begin active patrols of the campus under close supervision. They will also assist with escorts as well as the Safe Walk and Ride Program.
The Student Patrol Officers work shifts of five hours each from either 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM or 11:00 PM to 4:00 AM and are assigned a fellow student officer as a partner or as an assistant to a regular Public Safety Officer. No Student Patrol Officer is permitted to work alone. A typical workweek for a Student Patrol Officer may consist of ten to twenty hours depending upon availability and the students' academic schedules. A Student Patrol Officer's term of service lasts one academic semester, i.e. September to December or January to May.
In addition to obligations to the Department of Public Safety, Student Patrol Officers are required to complete academic assignments as part of the Internship I or II courses as issued by their faculty advisor. This is due to the fact that service in the Student Patrol is also an academic experience for the student in that college credits are accumulated from successfully completing the Student Patrol program.