UC Police honored for their efforts in improving public safety

The award sits on a table.

Rave Mobile Safety's SmartSave Award

The University of Cincinnati Police Division was recently recognized for their use of Bearcat (Rave) Guardian to help provide emergency assistance to a student in need.

During Rave Mobile Safety’s annual Summit, the company virtually presented the UCPD with the SmartSave Award, along with two other recipients. The annual award honors users of Rave who utilize a Rave technology to positively impact emergency calls and response.

“We’re very mission-driven here at Rave and we love to recognize our customers that innovate within their organizations to create safer environments for everyone,” said Todd Piett, CEO of Rave Mobile Safety. “The University of Cincinnati goes above and beyond in protecting students, faculty and staff to make sure they can easily and quickly connect with campus police during an emergency, like a medical incident. Their dedication to the wellbeing and safety of all those on campus is exemplary, and it’s exactly why we want to honor their efforts with the SmartSave award.”

The UC Public Safety Department uses the company’s Rave Alert technology to send emergency notifications to the campus community and provides the Bearcat Guardian app as a safety resource for students, faculty and staff.

“Keeping our campus community safe is our top priority, and the Bearcat Guardian app has provided an additional tool for our students, faculty and staff that allows them to connect instantly with the UCPD whenever they need assistance,” said UC Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police, James Whalen. “We are honored to accept this recognition from Rave Mobile Safety.”

The Bearcat Guardian app includes a safety timer so that friends, family or UCPD can virtually “walk” with the user, a chat feature that allows for instant communication with UCPD, an emergency call button that allows the user to share their location, and more. Any UC student or faculty or staff member can download the app for free in the App Store or Google Play.

Featured image at top: From left, UC Police Capt. David Hoffman, Emergency Communications Dispatcher Lead Ted Langdon, Emergency Communications Manager Jill Schmidt, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police James Whalen, Assistant Chief of Police Dudley Smith and Senior Public Information Officer Kelly Cantwell stand with the SmartSave Award that the Public Safety Department recently received from Rave Mobile Safety.