The University of Central Arkansas Police Department (UCAPD) reminded students to take advantage of its mobile safety app, the Safe@UCA program, after one student reported being harassed and followed on Thursday.

The app provides information on the Bear Patrol Safety Escort and Friend Walk and “other helpful information,” UCAPD spokesman Michael Hopper said in a social media post around 5 p.m. Thursday.

“In addition, you may contact UCAPD at any time to request a safety escort,” Hopper added.

On Thursday, a female student contacted the Conway Police Department via 911 and said “a male subject, unknown to her” was following her in a silver 2004 Ford Mustang after he “initiated a brief conversation with her in the parking lot north of Thompson Hall,” according to a police report.

“She then got in her vehicle and left campus, at which time the subject began following her,” the report stated. “The student then drove to the Conway Police Department and filed a harassment police report.”

Hopper said the “subject was stopped and identified by the Conway Police Department,” before adding UCAPD had “no other information at this time.”

The Log Cabin Democrat reached out to CPD spokesman LaTresha Woodruff late Thursday but no further details were immediately available.

Hopper said UCAPD’s main concern is the safety of the students.

“As always, student safety is our top priority,” he said. “We encourage everyone to be careful on campus and remain aware of their surroundings. If there is ever a concern for your safety, contact UCAPD immediately.”

UCAPD can be contacted at 501-450-3111 or by going to the department, which is across from Christian Cafeteria on UCA campus.

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