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Public Safety

Public Safety Aides

About the PSA program

Public Safety Aides (PSAs) are student workers who assist the university police by conducting patrols, providing escorts, community watch, ticketing and parking enforcement, office work, traffic direction, presentations, special events, and other exciting opportunities.

The PSA unit is divided into two divisions: Patrol and Special Events Operations, and Ticketing.

Patrol and Special Events Operations

PSA Patrol and Special Events Operations is the portion of the PSA program that runs student patrols of the university campus and assists the officers with securing special events. PSAs on duty act as a student campus-watch program, which provides a greater Public Safety presence on campus. While on-duty, the PSA may be asked to provide admits, escort individuals, conduct safety checks, and also report emergencies as they occur on campus.

As part of the Patrol and Special Event Operations Program a PSA will also have the opportunity to assist Public Safety Officers with the special events that occur on campus. PSAs that work Special Events are not only given the opportunity to assist Public Safety Officers while escorting the guest, but they may also have the opportunity to meet the visiting VIPs, celebrities, or Heads of State.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a student to familiarize themselves with campus, establish contact with University Administrators, and meet high profile individuals, and it is also an excellent starting point for students interested in careers in Criminal Justice.


PSA Ticketing is the portion of the PSA program that enforces the parking policies at American University. Ticketing PSAs provide excellent customer service to the AU community through our presence across AU's campuses and by answering guest questions, such as, where a particular building is located, where to park, and how to pay for parking. In addition to providing information about campus life, ticketing PSAs play a critical role in ensuring that AU is a safe place to walk, drive and park. During special events, ticketing PSAs are responsible for preparing, distributing, and collecting parking signs to make navigating AU's campus as easy as possible for our guests.

Next Steps

Does this sound like something you are interested in? To get more information, email us at

To apply now, click here to download an application. Once you have filled it out, sign it and bring it to the Public Safety Building and drop it off at the front desk.