VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A local college campus is trying to take student safety to a whole new level with the use of a public safety app.
Regent University first deployed 911Shield last year, but during the new student orientation for the incoming classes, they are encouraging students and staff to download it.
The app is free, and the CEO of 911 Cellular told News 3 why this app is a step above the competition.
"If you’re inside a building, your location in the building is not reported. With this app, their response becomes a lot more focused," said Chad Salahshour, the app's creator.
The chief of police at Regent University echoed this information.
"That’s a great advantage over other apps because if they give a call or an alert, you want to know exactly where they are; we don’t have to clear an entire building to find them. We can go directly to where they are," said Chief Chris Mitchell.
Nationwide CampusShield/911Shield is being used at 120 colleges, 30 municipalities and 12 hospitals. The company reports their accuracy and response time is second to none in the app world.
Students at Regent can now ask for police assistance and they can record or attach pictures and videos to their reports to aid police in investigating these crimes.
CampusShield and 911Shield are owned by the same company. For clarification on the apps, links are attached below. The company tells News 3 students can download either app, and as long as they click on their school it has the same reach and functionality.
To find out more about the app and how it applies to Regent University, click here.
For information on the software and what it does, click here.