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Safety app LiveSafe names CCSU Police Rookie of the Year

Shown here celebrating CCSU’s Rookie of the Year award from LiveSafe are (from left) Officer Kelly Ducharme; Detective Densil Samuda; Lt. Chris Cervoni; Officer Sebastian Magnano; Chief Gregory Sneed, holding the Rookie of the Year award belt; Officer Wilson Figueroa; Jim Lee, director of University Partnerships at Live Safe; Dispatcher Charles Smith; Mary Rinaldo-Ducat, IT administrative assistant; and student worker Dajana Sejdiraj.

A representative from mobile safety app LiveSafe presented the CCSU Police Department with its Rookie of the Year award on July 20. The award recognizes recent adopters of LiveSafe for rapid and successful deployment of the app, which enables users to report tips to CCSU Police, place emergency calls, quickly access campus-specific safety information, and use friends as “virtual escorts” through geo-mapping, among other safety features.

LiveSafe is meant to provide another layer of security for the campus community, in tandem with the emergency “blue phone” boxes installed throughout campus. The portability of cell phones equipped with safety apps helps users to report an incident quickly and more effectively while providing police with more accurate information about the location of the caller and the nature of the emergency.

The University officially deployed LiveSafe in the fall of 2017. Less than 30 days later, Central Connecticut State University Police Department’s Dispatch Center received a LiveSafe tip alerting authorities to a student who was inflicting self-harm and had suicidal thoughts. Dispatch sent officers to the student’s reported location where they confirmed the student’s condition and rendered medical assistance, including long-term care arrangements.

CCSU Police was an early adopter of the app in Connecticut, and the department’s participation has encouraged other schools to follow suit, according to Jim Lee, director of University Partnerships at LiveSafe.

“Before Central we had two schools in Connecticut—Yale and the University of Hartford. After Central Police it got the ball rolling, and we’ve gone into Southern, University of New Haven, Albertus Magnus, Connecticut College, and Fairfield,” Lee notes. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy plans to launch the app on its campus soon.

CCSU’s success with LiveSafe reaffirmed for Lee the importance of developing and implementing safety technology.

“This is why we do what we do,” he says. “It’s hearing stories like yours.”

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