During the first two weeks of college this term (September 19th-30th), 16 students trained by last year’s Patrol Leader. The Gardai will be patrolling alongside Student Patrol in the residential areas in and around UCC, dealing with students who find themselves in trouble, reminding students of the problems they might face if laws are broken, and cleaning up litter.
Student Patrol Manager and SU Deputy President Shane Murphy said; ‘’The Student Patrol initiative is not about telling students what to do, and it certainly isn’t a vigilante force. The Student Patrol is about students helping both students and the local community. It’s much better for a student who is drinking on the streets to have the laws put in perspective for them by a peer rather than facing a €60+ fine when approached by a Garda. Or worse, if convicted of a public order offence, a student won’t be able to go on a J1 or get Garda vetting.’’
Over the course of the initiative, there will be an increased Garda presence
around campus, as well Student Patrol assisting with their efforts.
Speaking about the Student Patrol, UCC’s Vice President for the Student
Experience Con O’ Brien said: ‘’These measures contribute greatly to allaying residents' fears and ensuring responsible behaviour by students. The Students Union are acting responsibly
and professionally and showing great leadership. This work has rightly drawn praise from An Garda Siochana and local residents.’’
The Student Patrol can be reached at their hotline phone number 086 022 6814
or email@example.com. The patrol will run from Mon-Friday during Freshers
Week (19th-23rd) from 8:00pm- 4:00am, as well as the Tuesday and Thursday
the following week.