UWPD Launches New Safety App — BadgerSAFE

Safety and security are literally at your fingertips at UW-Madison, thanks to a brand-new app.

The UW-Madison Police Department has officially launched BadgerSAFE – a safety app that aims to keep the campus community informed and provide quick access to safety related resources. The app replaces UWPD’s WiscGuardian safety app, which debuted in 2017.

“Technology has changed significantly in the last six years, to the point in which our old app was obsolete,” said Suzanne Brandt, UWPD’s Emergency Management Director. “We’re excited to launch this new tool that will keep our community in the know, and offer new and unique ways to keep UW students, staff, and visitors safe.”

UWPD conducted a soft launch of the app this summer. After hearing feedback during the soft launch and making changes/updates, BadgerSAFE was officially launched on August 1. So far, nearly 8,000 people have downloaded the app.

Friend Walk
Send your location in real-time to a friend or family member. They’ll be able to track you as you walk to your destination. If necessary, they can trigger a call to emergency services

Safety Alerts
Receive Off-Campus Emergency Alerts — these push notifications through the BadgerSAFE app alert our community about significant threats in certain areas OFF the UW-Madison campus – in areas where a large number of our students live or frequently visit. WiscAlerts will also be sent to the BadgerSAFE app — however, all WiscAlert emergency notifications will still be sent via text and email.

Connect with UWPD
Use this one button feature to call or text with a UWPD Dispatcher in a non-emergency situation. As soon as the dispatcher is available, they’ll respond. Note: in emergencies, ALWAYS call or text 911.

“I’m OK” Feature
Our “I’m OK” feature sends your location and a message to a recipient of your choice letting them know that you’re OK. Use this button during an emergency or critical incident to inform your friends and family that you’re safe.

Campus Resources
BadgerSAFE is a one-stop-shop for various campus resources and support services. Just click the “support resources” button on the app.

While BadgerSAFE was built primarily for UW students and staff, anyone can download the app. That means BadgerSAFE is a great way for parents and community members to connect with the UW-Madison campus and stay informed.

To download the app, search for “BadgerSAFE” in your phone’s app store. You can also find additional download instructions here.