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Free app offers many safety features for MSU students, faculty

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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Midwestern State University has a fairly new safety app they want students and faculty to download. 

The MSU Safety App was launched in the Fall of 2016 and has a little more than 400 downloads on a campus of around 6,000 students. 

Sergeant Joe Snyder, who has been a law enforcement officers for more than 30 years, said technology is now a staple in campus safety. 

"I think it's made things a little bit easier and it's made it more user-friendly for the students because, you know, like I know, that phone calls are becoming less the norm," Sgt. Snyder said. 

In an effort to protect students and faculty university leaders developed the new app with many features. 

"I think my favorite is probably the blue light, where you can call in and immediately a map in the dispatch center will show where you are and where you are calling from so that if you're panicked about anything you can get somebody on the phone and you can talk to somebody that can comfort you through it," Sgt. Snyder said.

There is also a feature called 'friend walk' that allows users to have a friend or roommate virtually walk them from one destination to another. 

"Say 'Okay, I'm beginning at the library and I'm walking back to the dorm. Will you watch me on the map?' And they can watch you move from the library on the map back to the dorm," Sgt. Snyder said. 

There is also a 'safety toolbox'  that allows you to chat with campus police, a flashlight, loud alarm, or you can send your location to a friend. If you want to 'report a tip' there is a feature that allows you to do so anonymously.

Support services on campus along with phone numbers to the police department,  911, and suicide hotline are also easily accessible on the app's homepage.

Emergency plans for certain situations like an active shooter scenario are also listed. For more information on the free to download app click here.

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