/ Modified sep 7, 2015 6:05 a.m.

UA Safety App Puts Calling Police at Students' Fingertips

LiveSafe, new for smart phones, will allow ride requests and 'virtual' walks home.

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Maria Inés Taracena, AZPM

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University of Arizona officials are asking students to download a new campus-wide safety app called LiveSafe onto their smart phones.

The app connects users directly with campus police in a more discrete way than ever before, said UAPD Chief Brian Seastone.

"If somebody’s walking along and they see a disturbance but they don’t want to be on the phone and...sound like they’re calling the police, they can click on [the app]...take a picture...and send it directly to the police department."

Seastone said that will help police get better, faster information.

The app also makes it easy for users to request a safe ride or get virtually walked home by sharing their GPS location with a friend.

Seastone said about 40 other campuses around the country are using the LiveSafe app.

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