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UAPD announces release of new safety app

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Christianna Silva

Chief Seastone speaks to the assistant vice president and president of the ASUA on Wednesday, Sept. 2. There was a press conference on the mall at 2:00 PM to discuss the new safety app; LiveSafe.

The University of Arizona Police Department led a press conference to update students on LiveSafe, a new safety app that links students to emergency contacts.

The app is free and accessible to all. Students can utilize its features to reach optimum safety on campus and the surrounding areas.

The app includes access to campus resources, emergency contacts, access to SafeRide and SafeWalk, a safety map and information sharing service.

Brian Seastone, the UAPD chief of police, said one of his favorite features is the access to virtually walk a friend home.

For instance, Seastone said that if a student studies at the library until 1 a.m., they can call a friend and share their location. The student’s friend can then follow their location until they arrive home safely, and can alert officials of anything that may appear out of the ordinary.

The app does not alert UAPD of the user’s location.

“This is not Big Brother tracking,” Seastone said.

UAPD does not expect to receive more calls or notifications than they already do, but they do expect to have better information when they’re notified.

Seastone said that some of his other favorite features of the app include a list of campus and local resources with “phone numbers, just-in-time training and emergency procedures.”

For more information, download the app on the App Store for free, or get it on Google Play.


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