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, the University of Florida Police Department and the University of Florida Transportation & Parking Services. SNAP provides a point-to-point vehicular escort service. All SNAP employees are current 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 a an academic standard to remain employed. All SNAP employees are equipped with a visible orange uniform shirts with the “SNAP” logo, picture ID, radios and flashlights. All SNAP vans are clearly marked with official decals. SNAP’s funding comes from the transportation fee generated from student tuition fees.

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.

How to Request a SNAP escort

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

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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, UF ID, location of pick-up, destination. The SNAP dispatcher will then enter your request into the TapRide app and coordinate a SNAP van to arrive at your location.

We also ask that you use the UF campus map on-line at: http://campusmap.ufl.edu/ 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.

 

Hours Of Operation

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

 

 

If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact the SNAP Supervisor, Juliet R. Lewis, with the University of Florida Transportation and Parking Services. Juliet Lewis can be reached via e-mail at: julietrlewis@ufl.edu. For all other information & employment with the SNAP program, please visit the University of Florida Transportation & Parking Services SNAP webpage.