The Boca Raton Campus of Florida Atlantic University is staffed with fifteen non-sworn, part time Community Service Officers (CSOs). These personnel supplement the Department’s patrol function by responding to security related calls for service and to maintain a high visibility while on security patrol of parking lots and buildings. For example, battery boosts, vehicle lockouts and residence halls patrols are conducted by Community Service Officers. This program is composed of all student employees and is currently overseen by a civilian supervisor who reports to the Deputy Chief of Police. Students gain invaluable experience in this stepping stone program to a career in law enforcement. The CSOs must be mentored and molded into future criminal justice career minded citizens. Involving them in the process of crime prevention and community affairs meetings will increase their investment in this Department and the University as a whole.
In September of 2014, the Florida Atlantic University Police Department and Housing and Residential Education created a partnership to provide a visible presence within the residential halls. As a result, the CSO Program was expanded to facilitate this need. Community Services Officers now provide a presence at each of the following residential halls on the Boca Raton Campus: Glades Park Towers, Indian River Towers, Heritage Park Towers, Algonquin, Parliament Hall, University Village Apartments and Innovations Village Apartments North and South. These areas are divided into three zones to ensure that all areas are covered with no lapses in coverage.
For more information about the CSO Program, contact Karen Pannell at (561) 297-2174 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.