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Students On Patrol

Students on Patrol (STOP) was created in August 1990 by the Illinois State University Police Department, the Office of Student Life (now Student Affairs), and the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences. After a hiatus from 2001 - 2009, STOP returned. Thanks to this valuable program, we once again can provide volunteer opportunities and criminal justice experience to students, and, most importantly, make campus safer for our community.

Alumni Story

“The STOP program was my first introduction into the world of Law Enforcement. By observing and assisting the Illinois State University Police, I became aware of the roles and duties within police agencies. The STOP program made me more adept at my skills of observation, and even provided me an opportunity to supervise other STOP members. During interviews, the information I learned through the STOP program gave me a distinct advantage over the other qualified law enforcement applicants.”

– Craig F., Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent and STOP Alumni

Get Involved in STOP

What are the requirements?

  • Must be an ISU student.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Subject to a criminal background check. Anyone convicted of a felony or some misdemeanor offenses are ineligible for STOP. Those with multiple questionable police contacts may also be excluded.
  • Must note any convictions in the application. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
  • Complete a mandatory training session and pass a written exam.
  • Adhere to all local, state, and federal laws.
  • Volunteer at least 20 hours per semester to receive certificate of completion.

What's in it for me?

  • Gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are taking an active role in the safety of yourself and others on ISU’s campus.
  • STOP provides real world experience for your resume and may give you an edge with potential employers. Many past members now work for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Recognition for your service through the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the STOP Achievement Awards.

What would I be doing as a STOP member?

  • Patrol the central campus of ISU, reporting suspicious activity to ISUPD
  • Report burnt out lights or other safety concerns
  • Provide late night escorts for students, faculty, and staff (9 pm to 1 am Thursday through Saturday)
  • Assist in crime prevention programs on campus
  • Check doors on academic buildings during restricted access hours
  • Assist in emergencies and disasters
  • Participate in emergency drills
  • Court room testimony as a witness in criminal cases

Apply for the STOP Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will I patrol the campus?
All STOP members will serve as a two person patrol team. Should an odd number of members be present, there will be a three person team. No STOP member will ever patrol by themselves.
  • Will STOP be calling in parties?
No. STOP is NOT “party patrol.” The primary purpose of STOP is to help make the ISU campus safer for everyone by reporting criminal acts and providing a visible deterrence for crime.
  • Will STOP be working during semester breaks or holidays?
No. We will not be offering STOP services during the Summer, Fall break , Winter break, or Spring break.
  • Do I have to be a Criminal Justice major?
No. Any student that meets the above requirements can join STOP.
  • Are STOP members employees of the police department?
No. While STOP members work closely with and under the supervision of the police department, they are not employees.
  • Is this a paid position?
STOP is currently a volunteer only organization. Recognition is achieved through the Presidents Service Awards, training opportunities, career enhancement, and the satisfaction in knowing that you make a difference.
  • What hours will STOP work?
The hours may vary, but are generally Thursdays through Saturdays consisting of one shift 9:00pm to 1:00am and possibly another shift from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am.
  • How will STOP report crimes?
STOP members will be assigned a radio with direct contact to the police department.
  • Will STOP count as volunteer hours for my class?
It depends on individual faculty members. Applicants are encouraged to discuss volunteer requirements withfaculty prior to enrolling in STOP.
  • Will STOP have bicycles or vehicles to use?
Not at this time, though it may be considered in the future.
  • Who are the STOP Advisors?
STOP advisors are sworn officers selected by the Chief of Police at the ISU Police Department. The advisors are responsible for the selection and background checks of all applicants, creation of policies and procedures, training, and overall supervision of the STOP program.
  • How can I apply?
Complete the online application and submit it to the ISU Police. You will be notified once the application has been approved.