The Department of Public Safety is composed of police
officers with appropriate authority and powers granted
by state statute, security guards, and supportive civilian
The university police are given the
responsibility to provide protection and services to the
institution, its employees, students, and visitors. To
do this, officers are available 24 hours every day to
respond to requests for police assistance or services,
and to take action on observed violations and/or hazards.
The security guards are non-sworn
civilian personnel who assist the university police in
providing security and environmental safety within the
campus communities from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. daily.
The supportive civilian personnel
consists of police telecommunicators, records clerks,
department secretary, student community service officers,
and the extra help non-sworn civilian auxiliary personnel
who are normally employed to augment the department during
emergencies and large-scale special events.
The Department of Public Safety is
a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the DeKalb
County Enhanced 911 system. Anyone needing emergency police,
fire, or ambulance service is encouraged to call 9-1-1
from any telephone in DeKalb County.
Crimes Against Person(s) or Property
The university police will investigate
all reports of criminal matters and activities
that occur on university property.
When contacting the university police
to report a crime or violation, identify yourself, your
location, and briefly describe the type of assistance
needed. An officer will be dispatched to investigate the
If there is any evidence of criminal
activity upon entering a building or office such as missing
equipment, broken door or window, do not enter the room
or touch anything, but immediately call university police.
When circumstances permit, please wait for the arrival
of the investigating officer.
When property becomes lost, stolen,
or criminally damaged, it is necessary to provide the
following information for a police report:
- The date, time, and location the
property was last seen and by whom.
- A complete description of item(s),
Manufacturer's Serial Number
NIU Inventory Number
Any identifying marks on item(s)
Approximate Value of items(s)
Any missing university property must
also be reported to the University Inventory Office at
753-1436. This is required of the person who has been
assigned the responsibility for the property. In the event
that the property reported missing is found, please notify
the university police.
In addition to providing a traditional
response to criminal matters brought to its attention,
the department provides additional related services to
Security Surveys and Alarm Systems
The Department of Public Safety monitors
all fire, burglary, and hold-up alarms on university property.
If persons responsible for institutional
property are interested in an alarm system, or merely
want to improve the security for a department, office,
area, or personnel, please request a survey for the purpose.
Such a survey will be conducted by police officers trained
in crime prevention.
The survey report will contain professional
observations and recommendations for security improvement.
The recommendations may include a variety of measures
such as door replacement, new locks, key control, and/or
an alarm system.
Implementation of the recommendations
is up to the department requesting the survey. The Department
of Public Safety has no budgeted funds for this purpose.
There is no charge for conducting the security survey
Community Service Programs
The Department of Public Safety believes
it has some degree of responsibility for the formulation
and presentation of measures the individual can adopt
to protect himself or herself and personal belongings.
To meet this responsibility to the community, the department
has developed formal presentations and programs that address
these matters. Some of the programs available include:
Sexual Assault/Abuse Awareness
Crime Prevention and Safety
Weather Safety/plus several
Persons interested in these programs
may contact the department and request additional information
from the Police Community Relations Coordinator.
Lost or Found Personal Property
After a reasonable check of the area
where the item was lost, the incident may be reported
to the university police. If it is determined that criminal
activity is not involved, a "Lost Article" form will be
filled out by the person reporting the loss. This information
will be kept on file for the duration of the current semester.
In the event that the article is turned over to the university
police, it will be returned to the owner.
Personal property found by students
or staff of the university should be turned in to the
university police where every attempt will be made to
identify and notify the owner of the property.
All unclaimed property will be held
a minimum of six (6) months, as required by Illinois statute.
At the end of this time, all clothing and eyeglasses will
be donated to local service organizations, and all other
items of value will be sold at public auction and the
proceeds placed into the NIU Income Fund.
For further information, or to report
missing or found personal items, call 753-9690 between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and ask for Lost
Individuals sometimes find it necessary
to have their fingerprints taken for civil purposes. The
university police provide such services, and they can
be obtained by calling 753-9627 and asking for the Investigations
Section. An appointment will be made at your convenience.