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SUNY ESF Launches New Safety App

Syracuse, N.Y. – April 4, 2024 – As part of an ongoing commitment to campus safety, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry launched ESF Safe, a new free mobile safety app for all members of the ESF community that provides emergency information and links to safety resources.

“University Police is committed to expanding the ways we communicate with our campus community, and ESF Safe is an example of that,” said ESF Chief of Police Robert Dugan. “Two important features of the app are the ability of users to chat with a UPD dispatcher and for the app to serve as a mobile blue light system for our campus. Your safety is UPD's top priority, and we will continue to find new and innovative approaches to serve our fellow community members.”

Some of the app’s features include:

  • Push Notifications: Users are instantly notified of emergency situations in under five seconds.
  • Emergency Contacts: Reach University Police, 911, or the Syracuse Police Department seamlessly.
  • Mobile BlueLight: Tap a button to simultaneously send your location to and call University Police. Your location is only known by UPD if you ask for help.
  • Friend Walk: Send your location in real time to a friend so they can watch you as you walk to your destination.
  • Report a Tip: Submit an anonymous tip report or do a real-time chat with University Police dispatch.
  • Safety Toolbox: Links to safety-enhancing tools.
  • Support Resources: Links to on-campus support services.

The app is available via Google Play and the Apple App Store. All ESF community members can sign into the app using their credentials. The app works both on and off campus.                       


The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.