CSO escorts are available free of charge to walk with students, faculty, staff or visitors 365 days a year from dusk until 1 a.m. between campus buildings, local living areas or Westwood Village within the approximate boundaries of Sunset Boulevard to the north, Hilgard to the east, Wilshire to the South, and Veteran to the west. Here’s how it works:
15 minutes before you need to leave, call (310) 794-WALK.
You will be connected to a police dispatcher who will ask you:
1. where you are,
2. where you need to go, and
3. your name and a call-back number.
After you hang up, the dispatcher will radio a roaming CSO to come to your location and pick you up. Once you start to walk, the CSO will inform dispatch that the escort has begun. When you reach your destination, the CSO will likewise inform dispatch that you have reached your destination safely.
CSOs may escort you anywhere between Wilshire and Sunset, and Veteran and Hilgard (and will even go out to Malcolm on the east side, south of Westholme).
In the event of any dangerous situation, the CSO has a police radio with a direct connection to UCLA Police Officers, and is equipped with pepper spray.
All student CSOs are screened via application, essay, interview, references and police background check. All receive over 30 hours of training in safety, radio use, pepper spray and observation techniques. All new CSOs must be approved by experienced CSOs and pass a two hour written exam.
CSOs have been safely escorting students, staff, faculty and visitors for more than 30 years.