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New App Promotes Campus Safety

A new mobile application that encourages communication between the campus community and police will be available later in the semester.
By SDSU News Team

A gift from an Aztec parent will enable the San Diego State University Police Department to develop a new mobile safety application aimed at increasing access to the police department and enhancing ways in which the campus community can communicate with the police. 

"Anything that can be used to increase campus safety is a win," said Lamine Secka, SDSU's Chief of Police.

The SDSU-branded application — which will be developed by a company called 911 Cellular — will be provide the following functions:

  • Text message tips, including the ability to attach images
  • Escort requests
  • Emergency procedures "flip chart"
  • Friendwatch safety timer
  • GPS tracking of safety shuttles
  • Crime mapping
  • Emergency button which includes indoor positioning location
  • Computer desktop panic buttons

The application is tentatively expected to be available for download later in the semester. 

In addition to the mobile application, similar funding will provide new bicycles for the campus police officers and Community Service Officers.