09/09/2014 02:28 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU has launched a new app designed to help students, faculty and staff
report emergencies or crimes, receive help from police, or simply check on each other
to ensure they’ve arrived safely at their destinations or returned safely from class,
their workouts or other outings. LSU SHIELD, available for both iOS and Android operating
systems, will make reporting emergencies or other incidents easier, with more accurate
and timely information for law enforcement response and investigation. The information
can even be reported anonymously.
The LSU Police Department, LSU Student Government and 911 Cellular LLC have partnered
to bring this mobile safety application to LSU. The campus community is encouraged
to download the free smart phone app. The app will prompt users for various information,
not all of which is required. However, the more information a person enters, the better
the app will work.
Opening the app automatically displays the emergency call screen, with which the user
can report an emergency situation. With one press of the button a user is connected
to LSU Police through a phone call, and dispatchers also get user profile and location
data. The system allows for administrators to establish a “geo-fence” or virtual fence
for campus perimeters. Emergency notifications within the designated geo-fence are
routed to LSU Police, while activations outside are routed to 911.
The Safety Beacon feature of the app allows someone to enter a location to which they
are going and an approximate time they will arrive or return. At the designated time
the user has entered, the app will prompt for the individualized pin number. If the
pin number is not entered when prompted, the user’s designated emergency contacts
are sent a text message to contact the user to ensure their safety. Or a person can
utilize the “Check In” button to instantly let contacts know their location and that
they are safe.
Additional features include reporting of non-emergency situations directly to LSU
Police. Information about suspicious persons, concerning behavior, vandalism, theft
or other incidents can also be reported directly, including the ability to upload
photos and/or video.
LSU Police would like to emphasize that this system is not a guarantee that a person
will not be the victim of a crime, but it will be an additional tool that will be
very useful in an emergency situation. It will also increase the timeliness of reporting
incidents, accuracy and detail of information reported, and increased response times
when incidents do happen. LSU Police still urge persons within the campus community
to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times.
For more information on LSU SHIELD, visit https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/lsupd/?page_id=18607.
Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014