BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU Police Department has teamed up with law enforcement agencies in East Baton Rouge Parish to launch "LSU Shield," a mobile crime app aimed at connecting people with officers around the campus.
"Whether it's on game day or whether it's on campus on a regular day, we always want people not to have a false sense of security," said Capt. Cory Lalonde with LSUPD. "It's one of those situations where we want everybody to be aware and that awareness can again greatly reduce risks."
With the click of a button, the app allows users to contact police, fire or EMS. Through geo-fence technology, users off campus can utilize the app also.
"What we've set up is a virtual fence. If the app is activated within those borders on campus, it [the app] contacts the LSU Police Department. If you're outside the fence, it contacts the East Baton Rouge 911 Center," Lalonde explained.
A feature that adds an extra layer of security is the safety check feature. It allows individuals to tell the app where they're going and at what time. When that designated time comes, the app prompts you to enter a unique pin code. If that code is not entered, emergency contacts are notified.
"You can report incidents, whether it be suspicious activities or criminal activity, whether it be behaviors of concerns - any type of activity that you think needs to be reported to the police, you can do so through the app," Leland added.
The app is available now and free for download for both iPhone and Android system phones.