UWF Campus Safety Guide – Voyager
Lately, students have contacted the UWF Police Department to ask what is being done to keep them safe, especially for those who are enrolled in night classes. At UWF, the safety and well-being of students and faculty is UWFPD’s number one priority.
That being said, it seems many are unaware of the two security initiatives the University currently has in place. These initiatives take the form of the Guardian Campus Safety app and Argos Safety Escort.
The Guardian app is a service that allows the user to notify the UWFPD or a chosen guardian of their current status, among other features, while traveling to their destination. Argos Security Escort, as the name suggests, is an escort service that will require a student or police officer to accompany the student wherever they need to travel on campus.
The Guardian app is a phone app that can be downloaded for free through the designated app store on your phone; simply search for “RAVE Guardian” in the App Store. It is available to all current students and faculty and requires the use of an email address associated with the school.
The operation of the Guardian app is simple, it allows the user to choose someone from their contact list or the UWFPD to act as guardian and monitor their status. The use of the application will allow fast and effortless communication between the user and his lifeline.
The user can set a timer, visible to the guardian, which will count down as they go. If the stopwatch reaches zero before the user reaches their destination or before they finish it, the user’s guardian will be notified immediately.
If things are early or late, the user can add or subtract a minute from their stopwatch. For those who are worried about forgetting to turn off their timer, don’t worry. The app will send you a reminder after five minutes and one minute.
In addition, the user and guardian will receive a reminder when there are three minutes left on the clock.
If the UWFPD is chosen as the user’s designated guardian, additional security measures will be available to facilitate a more efficient response. Specifically, the UWFPD will be able to track the user’s exact coordinates via their phone’s GPS, as well as allow access to the user’s security profile. In addition, the call log will display the PIN code used to set the timer, allowing the UWFPD to check the status of the person on the phone.
All it takes are five easy steps to set it up:
- Choose your designated guardian (s),
- Explain what you are going to do or where you are going so that your tutor knows what to expect,
- Set your timer for as long as you think it will take,
- Tap the start time once you’re ready,
- Stop the stopwatch when you have safely arrived at your destination.
Another feature of the app is that it allows the user to report crimes, tricks or any other suspicious activity anonymously.
Rave Mobile Safety, the developer behind the app, has the latest security technology and undergoes regular audits to keep your information as secure as possible. The app has also been designed to respect user privacy and will only track user information when the UWFPD is the user’s guardian, when the security time expires, or when the user passes. an emergency call or reports a tip. As with all cellular services, factors can determine the accuracy of the application, including cell signal strength, dead spots, GPS settings, quality and type of phone and mobile operator.
If you prefer a more personal approach, then the Argos security escort is for you. The escort service is available 24 hours a day, any day of the week.
To request an escort, simply call 850-474-2415 and let the dispatcher know that you want an escort. A student working for the UWFPD will be dispatched to your location to serve as an escort. If a student is not available, an agent will replace them.
The escort service will be provided by one of the following three modes of transportation: on foot, by golf cart or by patrol car. The security escort will also be easily identifiable by their photo ID and green safety vest which should be labeled “UWF Safety Patrol” on the front. Golf carts used as part of the service will also be labeled with UWFPD decals.
Once contact has been established with the student guide, the student guide must present a business card as the last verification of his identity. If you are still unsure and would like further verification of an escort’s identity, contact 850-474-2415 for further questions.
Again, not only are these services free, their use is strongly encouraged by the UWFPD.
If you or someone you know is in distress or doesn’t feel safe, don’t hesitate to contact the UWFPD at 850-474-2415. Your safety is their number one priority.
“Remember,” said UWF Police Chief Marc Cossich, “we are here to help. “