Students [at the University of Texas Tyler] can soon download an app that aims to improve their safety on campus.
The UT Tyler police department will launch a mobile safety app called Patriot Guardian Campus Safety for students and the campus community, according to a UT Tyler press release.
UT Tyler Police Chief Mike Medders said in the press release that the app will “allow users to quickly access the UT Tyler campus police from their phones, all while creating a virtual safety network of friends and family.”
The university purchased the app through RAVE Mobile Safety, according to the press release.
Guardians: Users can set up ‘guardians’ or people you trust to be notified if you are in trouble. This can be friends or family.
Safety session: Lets say you are going to an unfamiliar place and are worried. You can set a ‘safety timer’, which will provide your location to your chosen guardian. If something happens and you can’t deactivate the timer, then your guardians and campus police are alerted.
Emergency communication: You can make emergency calls to campus police and send crime tips.
The app is available for iPhone and Android smart phones. Users with an uttyler.edu or apatriots.uttyler.edu email can download the RAVE Guardian app from the app store. The app will appear as Patriot Guardian on the phone once it’s downloaded.