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SAFECATS is a safety escort service available to UK
students and guests.


SAFECATS (Safe And Free Escort for Campus Area Travelling Students) is a safety escort service available to UK students and their guests Sunday - Thursday from 8:30pm to 1:30am except during official University holidays, breaks or during the summer. Students can arrange a free safety escort by calling (859) 257-SAFE (7233). Students are encouraged to call 10-20 minutes in advance of the time they need an escort. Hearing impaired students may request a SAFECATS escort by emailing SAFECATS at uksafecats@uky.edu. Students Should expect a prompt response however if a response is not rendered within 15 minutes of the original email, The Student should resend the email. When available, escorts may also be arranged by in person by visiting the lobby at the W.T. Young Library. Safety escorts may be conducted either on-foot or golf cart, depending on cart availability. The golf cart has been generously provided by the Student Government Association for the purpose of enhancing the SAFECATS program.

The University Police Department contracts with the Flying Wildcats Booster Club, a student organization comprised of Air Force ROTC cadets to operate the SAFECATS program. These safety escorts are trained annually by the University Police Department, carry a Police issued radio giving them direct contact with the University Police Dispatch, and undergo a preliminary criminal background check before they are permitted to serve as a safety escort.

SAFECATS staff can be identified by their bright yellow reflective vests with SAFECATS emblazoned on the back and a specially issued SAFECATS Identification Card. For added safety, any student requesting an escort is encouraged to ask to see the escort's SAFECATS identification before being escorted.

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