SNAP – Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol


Purpose and History

The Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) is a free, nightly, campus safety and transportation service sponsored by UF Student Government, Student Traffic Court and the University of Florida Police Department. SNAP provides a point-to-point vehicular escort service. All SNAP employees are University of Florida students who have passed a stringent background check, 15 passenger van training and a driving test. In addition, SNAP employees must also maintain an academic standard to remain employed. Employees are equipped with a police radio, picture ID and flashlights. SNAP communications and activities are monitored by the University of Florida Police Department. The SNAP program is overseen by the University of Florida Police Department Community Services Division and a designated SNAP Police Coordinator, who is a sworn police officer.

The Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) was implemented in 1976 to provide safe, transportation and/or escort program for the University of Florida campus. The “buddy system” has long been recognized as a means of enhancing personal safety and security. The SNAP program is an on-call “buddy”, ready to escort University of Florida students, staff and visitors upon request.

SNAP’s funding comes from the transportation fee generated from student tuition fees and the University of Florida Police Department through contributions from their own annual departmental budget.

How to Request a SNAP escort

There are two ways to request a SNAP escort. The preferred method is by downloading the TapRide SNAP app, which is free and available to download from either the Google Play Store or on iTunes App Store by searching for “TapRide”. Once you download the app, please choose the “University of Florida SNAP” location and log in with your Gatorlink account.


You can also request a SNAP escort by calling 352-392-SNAP (7627) and discuss your request with a SNAP dispatcher. When you reach the dispatcher, provide your first name, location of pick-up, and destination. The SNAP dispatcher will then coordinate a SNAP van to arrive at your location.

We also ask that you use the UF campus map on-line at: to find the designated pick-up locations for the SNAP vehicle escorts. Once you click on the web site, please check the “Campus Safety” link located within the “Map Features” section of the map and all the SNAP pick-up locations will be indicated with the SNAP “S” logo.

If you experience any problem or wish to report a complaint, please feel free to contact the UFPD SNAP Coordinator, Officer Wayne Clark with the UFPD Community Services Division. Officer Wayne Clark can be reached at (352) 392-1409 or via e-mail at:


Hours Of Operation

– Fall and Spring Semesters: 6:30 PM to 3:00 AM
– Summer Semester: 8:30 PM to 3:00 AM


SNAP Employment (Currently Accepting Applications)

To apply to become a SNAP employee, you must fill out a application packet and have several forms notarized. The application packet can be picked up from the UFPD Community Services Division during the hours of 8AM to 5PM, Mon-Fri.

In addition to the completed application packet, you must also submit certain documents in order for a complete and thorough background check be completed. These documents include the following: Birth Certificate, H.S. Diploma, Driver License, Social Security Card, UF class schedule, UF unofficial transcripts and current UF GPA. You do not have to bring in the original documents; copies are accepted.

SNAP employees are required to work 2 complete shifts per week, which may include weekends. Starting pay is $8.50/hr with a $0.50 cent raise after 1 yr of service. Promotion to student supervisor and student coordinator may also be possible and include additional pay.