Safety is always a priority at the University of Colorado Denver. But now you can take additional precautions on the Denver campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus with your smartphone via a new application called MyForce.
“We do everything we can to make our faculty, staff, patients and visitors feel as safe as possible,” says Officer Lynn Whitten, University of Colorado Denver Police Department, which serves both campuses but is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus. “We are partnering with My Force to offer an additional service if individuals want to participate.”
MyForce is a personal security service accessed through a smartphone app. A subscriber can arm the system by launching the app. If the individual feels there is a threat or other need for an emergency response (medical, fire, accident), a simple “tap” of the screen sends critical information to MyForce.
MyForce then determines the nature of the emergency by monitoring audio from the phone and determines the GPS location of the subscriber. The proper law enforcement jurisdiction is then immediately contacted to respond.
At the Anschutz Medical Campus, university police will respond. Currently, at the Denver campus, first responders will be the Denver Police Department.
Campus police will know the identity of the person who has activated MyForce through pre-registered information, including a photo, medical conditions, and any known safety concerns. Police can then react to an incident swiftly and efficiently because they are armed with vital information.
“It’s critically important for everyone on campus to be an extra set of eyes when it comes to safety,” says Officer Whitten. “MyForce can supplement, but does not replace, what we all can do by being vigilant about safety.”
MyForce is available on the iPhone, Android or BlackBerry smartphones. Subscriptions cost $11.99 per month or $119 annually. Any user who “likes” MyForce at Facebook.com/MyForce by the end of September receives a code good for three months of MyForce service free. New subscribers at Anschutz Medical Campus can use the promo code AMC8911 to receive $30.00 off the annual subscription fee. Subscribers cannot use more than one promo code.