Aggie Host
Program Coordinator
Benjamin McNulty
General Information: (530)752-COPS (2677)
Safety Escort: (530)752-1727

The Aggie Host Security Officer Program (formerly known as the Cal Aggie Host and Escort Program) is a specialty unit within the patrol division of the University of California Davis Police Department. The Aggie Hosts are non-sworn police department employees who provide security, safety, and hospitality services on campus.

All hosts work at campus special events, such as concerts, guest speakers, sporting events, commencements, and major campus events like Picnic Day and the Whole Earth Festival. In addition to special events, Hosts can apply to work in a variety of specialty programs:

  1. Student Patrol/Escort Service

  2. Hart Hall: Due to threats made against departments in Hart Hall in previous years, at least one Aggie Host is stationed at Hart Hall from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM every day, all year. They patrol the building and report any problems to police dispatchers. chalkboards.

  3. Student Community Center and Memorial Union Extended Hours: The Aggie Hosts staff the SCC, MU, and other facilities as needed during extended hours, such as during Finals Week.

  4. West Village Courtesy Patrol: Instead of hiring private security, having Aggie Hosts at West Village provides a direct link to the Police Department while still provided security and safety checks.

All Aggie Hosts are undergraduate students of UC Davis. As a condition of employment, every employee must undergo a LiveScan background check, in which they are fingerprinted and check through the Department of Justice. Additionally, all hosts agree to participate in the DMV pull system, which notified the department of any changes in the individuals driving record (read: moving violations). All supervisors, and any hosts who are part of the Student Patrol specialty program, must submit to an additional background check.

With the exception of certain formal events, Aggie Hosts can be identified by their khaki pants and black polos, which are marked with the UCDPD Shield and ‘Aggie Host Security Officer.’

The program coordinator is Benjamin McNulty. He can be reached by calling the UCD Police general non-emergency line.

Questions about being searched

While the Aggie Hosts are not sworn police officers, they are hired by facility staff (such as Pavilion Staff for Concerts and Commencement or UCD Athletics for sporting events) to enforce facility rules. You have the right to refuse a search by Aggie Hosts, but you will be denied entry into the facility for not complying with facility policies. Prohibited items, with the exception of illegal items, are determined by the facility, not the Aggie Hosts.

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2009-08-27 15:24:08   If an Aggie Host asks to smell what's in my Nalgene, am I under any obligation to consent? —jsogul

2009-09-29 00:41:25   Yes, you're obligated to comply. By being on university property you are subject to search by university employees. —FaRKle

  • You are under no more obligation to consent than if a Preacher on the Quad asked the same thing. They're not sworn officers with police powers.
  • I think we need to draw a distinction between obligations under the law and obligations under university policy. Perhaps people are sent to SJA if you don't cooperate with Aggie Hosts. And if you don't comply they could also call the police and say you're acting suspiciously.
    • I'll note that also applies to the Preacher on the Quad.

2017-10-05 11:42:40   Do not under ANY circumstances work for Aggie Hosts! They routinely make employees work illegal hours and break all sorts of laws and university regulations. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. If you really need work UNITRANS is a much better option. —zombiemedic