The Cowley College Student Patrol consists of students that have declared a major in Criminal Justice and are enrolled in either Criminal Justice Topics I or II or Criminal Justice Internship I and II. These courses are a requirement for an AAS degree from Cowley in Criminal Justice and are available as electives to students earning an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice as well. The primary focus of Student Patrol is education through experience.
Cowley College has an excellent working relationship with the Arkansas City Police Department. Through this relationship we have managed to create a pretty unique learning opportunity for the students. In addition to their classroom lessons the students enrolled in Criminal Justice Topics I and II are required to patrol both the downtown business district of Arkansas City and the Cowley College Campus every night of the semester. Students progressing from Topics I and II to Criminal Justice Internship I and II are required to complete their class studies and fulfill a mandatory number of hours as ride along with actual law enforcement agencies to complete the course.
Students participating in the Student Patrol program are doing so both as a requirement and out of a desire to help the community by learning about their chosen profession. They are not certified law enforcement officers nor are they considered professional security. They are students in a unique position. They do not have any more enforcement powers than any regular citizen but they are working closely with both Arkansas City Police Department and Cowley College security and through this experience become exposed to an idea of what the life of an officer entails.
The duties of a Student Patrol officer include, patrol of education and athletic related campus buildings, patrol of the Arkansas City business district, observation, and assistance with any area requested. Their primary duty is to check the doors and windows of all buildings to make sure they are secured to help prevent theft. They are also instructed to watch for any suspicious activities. They are not to search buildings without officers present or take enforcement action but to report unusual circumstances to Arkansas City Police Department or Campus Security depending on their location. They are then permitted to do what the responding officer is comfortable with allowing them to do.
Student Patrol Officers patrol in a fully equipped patrol vehicle that has been authorized by Arkansas City Police Department. They patrol in official uniforms and are equipped with radios equipped with frequencies for all local agencies. Student Patrol Officers do not write citations, make arrests, or make traffic stops.
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