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LiveSafe

LiveSafeLiveSafe lets students, faculty, staff, and visitors-

Share information to keep campus safe

Report Tips gives you quick access to alert Police Department if you see something like a fight, vandalism, sexual assault, or an accident. You can even upload video or pictures. If you choose, you can submit your tip anonymously and know that help is on the way.

Make sure your friends arrive safely with SafeWalk

GoSafe lets you contact Racer Patrol for an on-campus escort or use the SafeWalk feature to invite any of your contacts to follow your walk home in real-time.

Get help fast

Emergency Options gives you instant access to call 911, the Murray State Police or to message the Murray State Police if it isn't safe to make a call.

Download LiveSafe

  1. Download LiveSafe from Google Play or the App Store. If you are on your mobile device, download LiveSafe here.
  2. Register and confirm your email address.
  3. Select Murray State University as your school.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is LiveSafe?
    LiveSafe is a free mobile app made available by the Murray State Police Department. It's designed to prevent crime and enable better incident response. The app for smartphone users is connected to a cloud-based dashboard that is monitored within the Murray State dispatch center.
  2. What are the main features of LiveSafe?
    The core features include quick tip submittal via text with picture, video, or audio attachments (including the option to stay anonymous), live chat with safety officials, fast access to emergency phone numbers that initiate location tracking when called, a comprehensive safety map that pinpoints incidents on or near campus, a peer-to-peer tool called SafeWalk that allows friends to watch out for each other through location monitoring and group chat, and a quick-access feature to request a safe ride.
  3. Why would someone use this app in an emergency?
    So long as users have the capacity to make voice calls, we encourage anyone in an emergency to always call 9-1-1. If, however, a user is unable to make a direct call due to situational or technical issues, or if they must be discrete, then LiveSafe reporting becomes advantageous. Additionally, when the Emergency button is used to dial 9-1- 1, dial campus police, or message campus police, location services are enabled to help emergency personnel find your location.
  4. If I download LiveSafe, can law enforcement see my location whenever they want?
  5. No. Your location is only sent to the Police Department when you submit a tip (anonymous or not) or use one of the features within the Emergency button (Call 911, Call Campus Police, or Message Campus Police). When you submit a tip, your current location is only submitted once and is attached to that tip – tracking is not enabled. However, when you use the Emergency Options button, your location is tracked until you stop location tracking within the Emergency button screen.
  6. Is the anonymous feature really anonymous?
    Yes, it is. If you check the “Send Anonymously” box when submitting a tip, your user information will show up as “Anonymous” in all of the fields. Even if we use the Live Chat feature to obtain additional information, you will still appear as anonymous.
  7. What happens when I click “Call 911” from the Emergency button?
    When you click on the “Call 911” button from the Emergency screen, a confirmation bubble will appear with “call” or “cancel” options. This will help ensure that users do not accidentally call 911 if it is not an emergency.
  8. When I first download LiveSafe, why is the app asking to access my contacts?
    The app will ask to access your contacts so you can easily add friends and family members to your LiveSafe contact list. This list is used for SafeWalk.
  9. Do I need to enable location services for LiveSafe for it to work?
    Yes. In order for the location-dependent features to work – like SafeWalk, tip submittal, and location tracking during emergency calls and messages – LiveSafe needs to be able to access your location. You will not be actively tracked when the app is not in use and when you are using non-location-dependent features.
  10. What if a tip I submit turns out to be a mistake?
    You won't be penalized for making a mistake. We encourage you to share information that could help, but reports that are purposefully and falsely claimed with be dealt with accordingly.

Police ride-along program

It is the policy of the Department to permit private citizens, law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions, and members of the news media to ride in patrol vehicles as passengers/observers. The purpose of this policy is to give the guidelines for the ride-along program.

Participation

Participants are authorized to ride in patrol vehicles in a passenger/observer capacity only. Participants are not permitted to take any law enforcement action, assist in conducting investigations, or perform any law enforcement task or function. All persons must wear civilian clothes when participating in the ride-along program. Participants are assigned to ride with a uniformed patrol officer only. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The Chief must approve anyone under this age participating in the ride-along program. Participants are not permitted to operate department vehicles, handle or possess firearms, mace, or other weapons, or use any department equipment, except that they may use the communication system in the event of an extreme emergency.  If a situation arises that would expose the participant to undue danger, the officer will exercise discretion and may temporarily leave the passenger at a suitable location while responding to a call. The Department reserves the right to reject any request for participation in the ride-along program if it does not appear to be in the best interest of the Department. If an officer has knowledge of an individual which shows the person to be unsuitable for participation, he should notify the Field Operations Commander. Each participant is under the complete control of the officer to whom he is assigned. If an officer has problems with a rider, he may return the rider to the Police Department and explain the circumstances to his supervisor. The supervisor will forward the information to the Field Operations Commander who will decide whether to allow that individual to ride in the future.

Coordination of Assignments

Persons interested in riding with an officer must fill out an online application four business days before the date they wish to ride. The Chief, Major, or Field Operations Commander is authorized to waive the four-day period. There may be no more than two ride-alongs per shift. The communications personnel will check for outstanding warrants or criminal record on the applicant and attach the information to the liability release form. The liability release form is then sent to the Field Operations Commander for approval. If approved, the application is sent to the squad on duty on that date/time when the person wants to ride. The squad supervisor will assign the rider to a particular officer and will document the ride-along program on the liability release form. At the end of the shift, the squad supervisor will return the ride-along release form to the Field Operations Commander. Records on ride-alongs are kept on file for one year.

Categories of Participants

Each participant will be classified in one of the following categories. These categories will determine the frequency and duration of participation.

  1. Private Citizens- This category includes citizens requesting to ride to broaden their knowledge of law enforcement, members of civic organizations, and students with an academic need or interest in observing law enforcement activities. Applicants are limited to one ride along per four calendar months and may ride for a maximum of six hours. Requests to ride will be handled on a first come, first served basis.
  2. News Media- This category includes full-time employees of a news media organization. Photographers will not be allowed to photograph prisoners being transported in patrol vehicles from within the same vehicle. There are no restrictions on the number, time, or duration of ride-alongs in this category.
  3. Non-Sworn Public Personnel- This category includes persons employed in a non-sworn public safety capacity by Guilford County or the municipalities within Guilford County, including interns. There are no restrictions on the number, time, or duration of ride-alongs in this category.

Ride-Along Request Form

Ride-Along Waiver and Participation Agreement

Complete the Ride-Along Waiver and Participation Agreement forms and bring them with you when you arrive for your appointed time. Participants may not ride until the forms are completed. If you are under 18 and have been pre-approved to participate, you must have forms signed by parent or legal guardian.

Coffee with the Chief

The "Coffee with the Chief" program allows for a one-on-one conversation between the Chief and the Assistant Chief and a member of the community to promote a stronger relationship between the Police Department and those it serves. It is intended to create a more relaxed atmosphere to casually discuss any areas of concerns or suggestions for improvements that would aid the department in its mission to become the top police department. If you are interested in participating, please complete all fields and Chief/Director James C. Herring Jr. or Assistant Chief Jeff Gentry will do his best to meet with as many requests as possible. Chief/Director James C. Herring Jr. or a member of his staff will get back with you to confirm the time and location of your meeting.

 

Lost and found

University Police operates a secure lost and found collection point in the Dispatch Office of the Police Department Building.  Please call 2222 on campus for inquiries.  Persons making a claim must be able to adequately describe the item and provide identification.

When turning in a found item, the location and the name of the person turning in the item are needed for documentation.

Also, many facilities on campus have a lost and found collection point in their administrative offices.

Run-Hide-Fight

The Murray State Police Department will meet with groups and university departments to provide a workshop on how to respond to active shooter incidents. The Murray State Police teach the Run-Hide-Fight program developed and promoted by the FBI. We encourage all members of our community to watch the short video, Run. Hide. Fight. ® Surviving an Active Shooter Event. Additional information on Active Shooter, including the video, can be found at https://www.fbi.gov/about/partnerships/office-of-partner-engagement/active-shooter-resources.

To arrange for a workshop, contact the Murray State Police Department at 809-2222.

Crime prevention

As part of the University's Crime Prevention program, officers conduct sessions each semester on topics such as personal safety awareness and security, rape prevention and the prevention of burglary and vandalism. Additional information is published and disseminated regularly via memos, flyers, posters, brochures, newsletters and the University's weekly newspaper.

We try to promote a "common sense" approach to crime prevention such as trying your very best to never put yourself or your property in a vulnerable situation.

Statistically most reported thefts are crimes of opportunity. An example of this is leaving your property unattended.

Bridging the Gap Program

In 2017, Murray State Police initiated the Bridging the Gap program for the university and Community. This innovative program is designed to provide information and skills needed to keep their lives on track. The program is designed for prevention or intervention, and is offered at no cost to participants.