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New "UMD Guardian" Mobile App Promotes Campus Safety

November 19, 2015
Contacts: 

Rosanne Hoaas 301-405-9960

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland Police Department announces the launch of a new mobile safety app called "UMD Guardian" to the campus community. The UMD Guardian app enhances safety on campus through real-time, interactive features that create a virtual safety network of friends, family and UMPD.

"The UMD Guardian app will empower UMD students, faculty and staff to take a leading role in their safety by transforming any cell phone into a personal safety device," says UMPD Chief David Mitchell. 

The UMD Guardian app is designed to give UMD students, faculty and staff rapid and proactive communications with UMPD, friends, family and co-workers, and even 911 in the event of an emergency. 

The UMD Guardian app's features include: 

  • Create a safety profile: User-created profiles can contain information such as residence, medical conditions, and a photo. When a call or text is made from the app to UMPD or 911, the dispatcher automatically receives the profile information.  
  • Manage & message your Guardians: Invite family, friends, co-workers, UMPD, or others to be your Guardian, and communicate with them within the app as needed. 
  • Set a safety timer: Notify people you trust, or your "Guardians," to check in on you if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place.
  • Easy emergency communication: Call safety officials directly for help if you are in trouble, and send texts, including photos, if you see something suspicious or are unable to speak. 

The UMD Guardian app is available to all current UMD students, faculty and staff with an active university ID. However, anyone may download the Rave Guardian app, including friends and family, and become a Guardian.  

The app is available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play. 

For more information about UMD Guardian, visit http://umpdnews.umd.edu/umdguardian.