College launches new campus safety mobile app

Safety appSUNY New Paltz is helping to empower campus community members and put personal safety into their hands thanks to a new mobile app called Rave Guardian.

The app, free for both iPhone and Android devices, enhances safety on campus through a virtual network to help users stay in touch with friends, family and co-workers, as well as the College’s University Police Department (UPD).

“This new campus safety app utilizes technology to its fullest,” said University Police Chief David Dugatkin. ” At the push of a button, a person in distress can call us, text us and even send us a photo of a suspicious package.The app goes as far to even allow us to find a person in distress utilizing GPS mapping technology,” Dugatkin added.

According to Dugatkin, UPD will monitor the app 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“The safety of students, faculty and staff will always be our top concern,”┬áDugatkin said. “This technology is another level of campus safety we’ve added to help connect users in times of emergency.”

To learn more about the new app, visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/police/safetyapp.html or call University Police at (845) 257-2222 with any questions.