GW PAL (Personal Alarm Locator)


The GW Division of Safety and Security and Division of Information Technology are proud to provide a mobile safety application for our University called GW PAL, or Personal Alarm Locator. When installed and opened on either your iOS or Android smartphone, this app acts as a mobile silent alarm. When first installing the app, be sure to fill out your user profile, where you may include your name, an emergency contact and other pertinent information for emergency responders, such as current residence or health information.

After selecting the “Activate” power button to ready the app, select "Help" during any emergency on campus to quickly communicate to the GW Police Department your GPS location and a short text message if desired.
Once you have alerted and/or called to report an emergency, GPS live tracking will be enabled. Live tracking allows GWPD dispatchers to receive continuous location updates during emergency situations. Live tracking can be turned off at any time by selecting "Stop".

**Information is sent to GWPD only upon selecting the "Help" to send an alert, or by submitting a tip. "Activating" the application does not send a GPS location or alert.

If you are located outside of the Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon Campuses, or if you are on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, when alerting, the app will prompt you to dial 911 for emergency assistance and the alert will NOT reach GWPD.
You are also able to submit crime tips via GW PAL, along with photos or videos if desired. Tips can be sent from any location, on or off campus. Other features include a shortcut to the 4RIDE call line to find a safe ride home while on campus, and a log of recent GW Alerts.

The Division of Safety and Security encourages all community members, including students, faculty and staff to download this app on their iOS or Android smartphones.

Note: Below is a screenshot of the iOS version of the app. The locations of buttons vary slightly in the Android version.

For further instructions of the GW PAL application, click here.