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WLU releases app to improve student safety

A new app is available for Wilfrid Laurier University students and it’s aimed at improving their safety.

Developed by the University’s Special Constable Service, the “Safe Hawk App” allows students and staff to communicate with special constables if they are in a dangerous or unsafe situation.

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Director of Public Affairs Kevin Crowley says the app has added safety features.

“It is a flashlight, there is a link to report any suspicious activities, and you can send photos.”

He adds it came in handy this past Monday when a female student was shot in the face by a pellet gun.

“We wanted to alert our students very quickly about that…a tweet went out through the app telling those who had downloaded the app to avoid King Street and find an alternate way back to their residences”

Regional Police are still investigating that case.