'Crimson Guardian' App Introduced by OUPD

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The OU Police Department recently launched a new mobile application to help increase students' safety.

Called thog-imagee "Crimson Guardian" or "Rave Guardian," the app has three major functions: the ability to set a safety timer, establish “guardians” and send in tips to authorities about suspicious activity, Bruce Chan, OUPD public information officer major, said.

“The intended purpose is for us to enhance the safety and security of our students on campus,” Chan said.

The app allows students to create a virtual timer whenever they go somewhere they feel is unfamiliar or uncomfortable. When they return or are in a position where they know they are safe, they can turn off the safety timer.

If the timer hits zero before the student turns it off, their “guardians” will be notified, Chan said.

A “guardian” is a person of the students' choice that they trust. Students who sign up with their OU emails will have the OUPD set as a default “guardian" and can select others later.

“If that timer goes off, it sends us a message and lets us know where they are,” Chan said.

The application also allows students using the app to send tips or photos to authorities. The app’s built-in messaging function allows students to stay in contact with officials and their “guardians.”

The app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play as "Rave Guardian." "Rave Guardian" is the nationwide parent application of "Crimson Guardian." When students download it and sign in with their university email address, it becomes university-specific.

 

By: Derek Peterson, News Reporter

02/22/2016

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