Northeastern Illinois University Police Department

Northeastern Illinois University Police Department NEIU Police Department strives to be the leader among university police departments in Illinois and leader among campus law enforcement agencies nationwide
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WELCOME! The University Police Department employs over 14 sworn police officers and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Our team members proudly maintain a safe and secure environment with enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism, enabling our students to focus on their educational goals. We have strong partnerships with students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community built on a shared commitment to crime prevention. We encourage you to revisit our pages periodically to obtain the latest information regarding our department and improved service to the university community. This page is monitored daily.

Mission: The mission of the Northeastern Illinois University Police Department is to promote and maintain a safe and secure atmosphere in which the University's educational mission can be successful. This Department shall contribute to the educational process through student, staff and faculty engagement in educational measures as well as strong community partnerships built on a shared commitment to crime prevention.

Operating as usual

The Snow Finally Stopped!After 10 inches of snow the NEIU campus looks like a cloud at 30,000 feet!  A special thanks to...
02/01/2021

The Snow Finally Stopped!
After 10 inches of snow the NEIU campus looks like a cloud at 30,000 feet! A special thanks to the NEIU employees who had to work Saturday night and Sunday during the storm to keep the University operating. These employees included members of the NEIUPD, Building Service Workers, Engineers, and Grounds Crew. Special thanks to the Facilities grounds crew who plowed lots and walkways. Based on these pictures it looks the snowman opted to have fun in the snow and not study in the library. Use caution while driving the neighborhood side streets wherever you travel!

The last week of Hispanic Heritage Month!October 15th closes out Hispanic Heritage Month 2020, and the NEIUPD would like...
10/12/2020

The last week of Hispanic Heritage Month!
October 15th closes out Hispanic Heritage Month 2020, and the NEIUPD would like to close the month long celebration by recognizing another key member of our team. Officer Arturo Galindo Jr. was born in California but raised in Mexico. After returning to the United States as a young adult, his biggest challenge was the language barrier. Eventually Arturo Galindo joined the United States Marine Corps, where as he was promised by the recruiter, he developed his English language skills!
After his stint in the Marines, Arturo Galindo settled in Chicago after getting a job as a Federal Correctional Officer in downtown Chicago at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. It was while working at the MCC that Galindo tested for the NEIUPD and was hired by NEIU in 2002. For the past 18 years Officer Arturo Galindo has been a valuable member of the NEIUPD having served in various positions such as Field Training Officer, Bike Team Officer, Firearms Instructor, Officer-In-Charge and many other key positions. He credits is work ethic with a family expression that was repeated to him often growing up – “El que quiere azul celeste, que le cueste” or the translated equivalent = “If you want something, you’ll work for it”. Officer Arturo Galindo proudly sees that work ethic in many Hispanic families, especially his own!
(Pictured on the bikes L to R Irwin Barrios, Arturo Galindo, David De Clet).

Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15th!!!In keeping with the spirit of celebrating Spanish speaking cult...
10/07/2020

Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15th!!!

In keeping with the spirit of celebrating Spanish speaking cultures from around the world, the NEIUPD is proud to tell the story of Police Officer Isaac Franco. Officer Franco is a NEIU alum, having earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree (Political Science) from NEIU. Officer Franco came to the United States from Peru in 2004. After settling in Chicago, Isaac Franco worked various jobs including as a drapery installer. Isaac had the opportunity to work and install drapes at then Senator Barak Obama’s home. It was while working in the future president’s residence that Isaac Franco was inspired to earn his college degrees. It was a challenge to start college in his early 30’s as Officer Franco stated because “it’s hard to attend higher education when English is not your first language”.

Officer Franco is very involved in the Hispanic community and is a member of the Hispanic Leadership Institute, an institution whose main goal is to register people to vote. Officer Franco returns to his native Peru every year to ensure he never forgets his roots. Earlier this year Officer Franco and his wife purchased their own dental clinic. Dr. Erika Franco is originally from Colombia and she obtained her Dental Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Despite the challenges of this on-going pandemic, they have managed to maintain their new business and their ties to the community. The NEIUPD is proud to highlight the story of Officer Isaac Franco (Peru) and his wife Dr. Erika Franco (Colombia) as part of Hispanic Heritage Month!!!

Hispanic Heritage Month Sep 15-Oct 15The NEIUPD is proud to celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Northeaster...
09/16/2020

Hispanic Heritage Month Sep 15-Oct 15
The NEIUPD is proud to celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. Northeastern Illinois University is a Hispanic Serving Institution and various events are planned for the NEIU community during September 15 – October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of those who came to the United Sates from Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, all the Caribbean countries as well as Central and South America. The NEIUPD proudly serves and represents our community and our ancestors. Among those who proudly serve the NEIUPD during this month include those pictured below (L to R) Officer Pablo Castro, Security Guard Priscilla Lema, Chief John Escalante, Officer Arturo Galindo, and Officer David DeClet. Not pictured but also proudly serving this month include Telecommunicators Sandra Johnson and Dennise Orozco, Police Officers Isaac Franco, Gabriel Lopez, Carlos Collazo, Jose Orozco, and Antonio Maldonado. Our department truly reflects the university that we serve and we are proud to share our heritage and commitment with our NEIU community during Hispanic Heritage Month!

Training - past, present, future...The NEIUPD is committed to ensuring our police officers are properly trained to minim...
08/31/2020

Training - past, present, future...
The NEIUPD is committed to ensuring our police officers are properly trained to minimize the need to use any force with a citizen encounter. Last week, members of the NEIUPD received training on Conflict Management/de-escalation. The goal of this type of training is provide officers the additional tools and resources to use communication skills, as well as time, distance, and shielding to try and gain a subject's compliance. De-escalation is a recent concept in policing with hundreds of police departments since 2016, adapting de-escalation training for their officers. As of today, every sworn member of the NEIUPD has received Crisis Intervention Training and/or Conflict Management/de-escalation. Training has come a long way in the last 40 years. The pictures below include NEIUPD Lieutenant John Schulz Field Training Manual when he began with the Chicago Police Department in February 1980. Compare his CPD training manual with the NEIUPD Training Manual for Police Officer Marcus Winston who was hired in 2019.
Training will continue to evolve with the goal of fewer use of force incidents and building stronger ties between the police and communities they serve.

NEIUPD Virtual Reality TrainingThe NEIUPD has spent the past two weeks taking advantage of critically important training...
08/14/2020

NEIUPD Virtual Reality Training
The NEIUPD has spent the past two weeks taking advantage of critically important training that addresses communication skills, de-escalation, policy & procedures, and the proper and appropriate use of force options. This training is conducted using the Meggitt Virtual Reality Simulator. The NEIUPD trains on this simulator every year and it provides an opportunity to put into practice officer training and knowledge of policies and procedures in a safe and controlled manner. Among the hundreds of possible scenarios the officers encounter in this training include domestic disturbances, suspicious persons, traffic stops, persons experiencing a mental health crisis, and active shooter scenarios. Scenarios are designed to emphasize communication and de-escalation training to hopefully avoid any need to use force. The training is always well received and now more than ever, a valuable training experience.

A Thank You to Police Officer Sebastian CzerechFriday August 7th, will mark the final day for Officer Sebastian Czerech ...
08/04/2020

A Thank You to Police Officer Sebastian Czerech
Friday August 7th, will mark the final day for Officer Sebastian Czerech as a member of the NEIUPD. Officer Czerech has proudly and professionally served the NEIU community for the last three years. Sadly for the NEIUPD, Officer Czerech has made a personal decision to pursue another opportunity. Though we will miss having Sebastian with us, we fully support his decision and we wish him the best of luck in the future. Sebastian is a proud NEIU alumni and first generation college graduate. As a teen, Sebastian immigrated to Chicago from Poland and even though he was fluent in Polish, while at NEIU he took Spanish classes to be able to communicate with more people. In addition to taking advantage of the education offered by NEIU, Officer Czerech took advantage of every training opportunity offered by the NEIUPD. Officer Czerech was certified as an Officer-In-Charge and Crisis Intervention Team member among many other training highlights. We hope our Facebook friends will join us in thanking Officer Sebastian Czerech for his dedication, work ethic, and friendship. Thank you Sebastian and best of luck!!!

A Thank You to NEIU Officer Marcus Winston!Police Officer Marcus Winston was hired by the NEIUPD as a security guard in ...
06/18/2020

A Thank You to NEIU Officer Marcus Winston!
Police Officer Marcus Winston was hired by the NEIUPD as a security guard in July of 2018. In January of 2019, Marcus was hired as a sworn police officer for the NEIUPD. Marcus has been an outstanding employee and during the Covid-19 pandemic, Officer Marcus Winston reported to NEIU each work day to help keep the campus safe. Marcus Winston is also a member of the Illinois National Guard. On June 7th, his unit was activated for additional Covid-19 medical response and support efforts. Illinois National Guard Sgt. Marcus Winston is a member of the 3625th Classification Inspection Company and his unit is currently assisting other Illinois Guard medical units. Thank you Marcus for your service to the NEIU Community and the people of the State of Illinois during this pandemic!!!

Congratulations NEIU Spring 2020 Graduates!!!The NEIUPD is excited to extend our congratulations to the graduates of thi...
05/15/2020

Congratulations NEIU Spring 2020 Graduates!!!
The NEIUPD is excited to extend our congratulations to the graduates of this Spring 2020 Semester! These graduates accomplished a lot under some difficult and trying times. Though it is unfortunate this class did not get to enjoy a traditional graduation ceremony, they have a lot to be proud of and we are proud of them. We hope that during these past few days the graduates have been able to enjoy the success they achieved in earning their degree. We wish them all the best and a special shout out to our own graduate, Police Officer Valeriu Gava, who earned a Master of Arts in Community Teacher Leadership! Well done!

National Police Week May 10th-16thIn 1962 President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th Peace Officer Memorial Day, and ...
05/11/2020

National Police Week May 10th-16th
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th Peace Officer Memorial Day, and the week that it falls in, National Police Week. This week, during this unprecedented time, it takes on a special meaning in showing our thanks and appreciation to all sworn officers who have continued to work and provide public safety during this pandemic. Annual events, both locally and nationally have been cancelled this week as a result of the pandemic. But the week still recognizes the work and dedication of all sworn peace officers. This year 307 names of officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice were to have been added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Though those names will still be added without the formal ceremony, we will never forget these officers who deserve to be remembered forever!
Thank you to the officers of the NEIUPD who have been there during this pandemic, and will continue to be here in the future to keep our NEIU community safe! A special thanks to all our community friends who have been supportive during this time.

A BIG Thank You!The NEIUPD would like to thank those who have made donations or provided some assistance to help protect...
04/24/2020

A BIG Thank You!
The NEIUPD would like to thank those who have made donations or provided some assistance to help protect our department members and keep them safe during the past few weeks. We have previously acknowledged the donation of masks and wipes by Dr. Erika Franco and since then we have received other donations and assistance. We would like to thank "28 Miles of Highwood" (hand sanitizer), Student Health Services (gloves), Professor Kip Conwell (gloves), TC Emily Chelmecki (medical gowns), Student Employee Umair Khalid (disinfectant wipes), Aaron Cortes, NEIU STEM Director (face shields), University Technology Services (extra keyboards), and the NEIU Facilities Building Service Workers, for their donations or assistance. A special thanks to all of you who have supported the department during this pandemic with your positive thoughts and prayers. Finally a very appreciative thanks to the members of the NEIUPD for your work during this time!!!
For updates on the NEIU repsonse and plans during the coronavirus please check the NEIU website at neiu.edu/coronavirus. Thank you everyone and stay safe and healthy!

Help Those Who Have Been There To Help You!Today's warm weather almost makes us forget we are in the midst of a pandemic...
04/21/2020

Help Those Who Have Been There To Help You!
Today's warm weather almost makes us forget we are in the midst of a pandemic. But despite the warm weather, please continue to do your best to Stay at Home, maintain social distancing, wear a mask when you go outside and wash your hands often. By following these guidelines you will be helping those first responders and health care professionals who have been there to help you. The NEIUPD will continue to remember and honor CPD Officer Marco DiFranco, CPD Sgt. Clifford Martin, CPD Officer Ronald Newman, CFD Firefighter Mario Araujo and CFD Firefighter Edward Singleton.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Apr 12-18This week we celebrate and take time to appreciate the work of al...
04/15/2020

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Apr 12-18
This week we celebrate and take time to appreciate the work of all public safety telecommunicators (TCs). Public Safety TCs are the first person a citizens speaks to when calling for help or assistance. TCs play a crucial role in ensuring that the appropriate response is provided during an emergency or for a person in need of assistance. Public Safety TCs work 24/7 serving the public. All police, fire, and EMS services are dependent on the role of the TC to get the pertinent information from the caller to the emergency responders. The NEIUPD employs five full time and one part time telecommunicator who help keep the NEIU community safe everyday. The NEIUPD wish to acknowledge and thank Sandra, Tanesha, Travis, Emily, Dennise, and Jordinay for their professionalism and commitment to NEIU!!!

Student Pantry Donations at the NEIUPD.The NEIU Student Pantry provides support and assistance to students in need.  The...
04/10/2020

Student Pantry Donations at the NEIUPD.
The NEIU Student Pantry provides support and assistance to students in need. The pantry provides access to nutrition for our students. The normal campus donation locations have been unavailable for the past couple of weeks due to the stay at home directives and the temporary shift to remote learning. The NEIUPD is still staffed 24/7 and has become the donation center for the student pantry. Anyone wishing to drop off food items are welcome to stop by anytime at the police station. A donation box is just inside the main door of our station. Student Pantry staff will be making regular pick ups of the items and will continue to provide food to students in need. For more information on the student pantry please check their website at neiu.edu/university-life/student-pantry.
Stay Safe and Healthy!

A Much Appreciated Donation Made To The NEIUPD!The NEIUPD would like to personally thank Dr. Erika Franco DDS, for her d...
04/07/2020

A Much Appreciated Donation Made To The NEIUPD!
The NEIUPD would like to personally thank Dr. Erika Franco DDS, for her donation of masks and disinfectant wipes to our department. These are much needed items in short supply, that will be put to good use to keep our staff a little safer during these challenging times. Dr. Franco is the wife of NEIU Police Officer Isaac Franco. The NEIUPD is very grateful for the items donated. We hope that everyone continues to follow the advice of the Center for Disease Control and our own Illinois Department of Public by staying home as much as possible. But if you have to go out, please maintain social distancing and consider wearing a mask and gloves. Everyone needs to do their part so that this "new normal" becomes a thing of the past and we can get back to the "old normal". Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Stay Home! For your safety, for the safety of first responders and health care workers, stay home, please!Today the Chic...
04/02/2020

Stay Home! For your safety, for the safety of first responders and health care workers, stay home, please!
Today the Chicago Police Department lost it's first officer to the coronavirus. Police Officer Marco DiFranco passed away from complications from Covid-19. Officer DiFranco, a 21 year veteran, leaves behind a wife and 10 and 7 year old children. At least 60 CPD officers have tested positive for the virus. All first responders, police, fire, EMS, hospital and health care workers, including the members of the NEIUPD are working to keep our communities safe. We don't have the option to stay home - but most of you do. If you want to help put an end to this pandemic, you can do your part by staying home and maintaining social distancing if you have to go out. The NEIUPD offers our thoughts and prayers to Officer Marco DiFranco and his family and friends and our CPD partners.

A Message From the NEIUPD -We want our community to know that despite these unprecedented times, we are continuing to pr...
03/24/2020

A Message From the NEIUPD -
We want our community to know that despite these unprecedented times, we are continuing to provide safety and security to our campuses. The NEIUPD continues to provide 24 hours police services and patrols for NEIU. We encourage all community members to continue to check for the latest news and information regarding NEIU and the Covid-19 Coronavirus response plans, by frequently visiting the NEIU page at neiu.edu/coronavirus
Please follow the experts advice from the Center for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health. We hope you are all coping as best as possible with these temporary changes to our lives. We know it will take some time, but we are confident we will get through it. We look forward to seeing the halls and classrooms full again!

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STATE POLICE POWERS University Police Officers have full law enforcement authority including the power to make arrests on view or on warrants of state statutes, university rules and regulations and city or county ordinances on all property owned or controlled by the University. Additionally, officers have authority anywhere in Illinois where university property, students and personnel are located, and otherwise when requested by other state or local law enforcement officials. The law enforcement officers of the University Police Department receive their police authority via the provisions of the state law specifically, 110 ILCS 680/25-45(11): To appoint, subject to the applicable civil service law, persons to be members of the Northeastern Illinois University Police Department. Members of the Police Department shall be conservators of the peace and as such have all powers possessed by policemen in cities, and sheriffs, including the power to make arrests on view or warrants of violations of State statutes, University rules and regulations and city or county ordinances, except that they may exercise such powers only within counties wherein Northeastern Illinois University and any of its branches or properties are located when such is required for the protection of University properties and interests, and it's students and personnel, and otherwise, within such counties, when requested by appropriate State or local law enforcement officials. However, such officers shall have no power to serve and execute civil processes. POLICE DEPARTMENT TRAINING Officers of the University Police are academy-trained and certified in the same manner as all other public law enforcement officers in the state of Illinois. They receive a minimum of 12 weeks formal basic training plus additional classroom and in-service training each year. Other training includes rapid response to active violent events as well as daily web-based training regarding high liability, low frequency events. POLICE DEPARTMENT RELATIONSHIPS University Police maintains a close working relationship with the University, Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police, and other local and federal law enforcement agencies. The Department also maintains a close working relationship and an agreement with the State’s Attorney's office and the Clerk of the Court regarding the investigations of certain crimes. Crime related reports and statistics are routinely exchanged. POLICE DEPARTMENT VALUES The Northeastern Illinois University Police Department strives to adhere to the highest standards of service that reflects the diverse community we serve. We are devoted to quality public service that is unyielding in purpose, engages the community and reflects a genuine desire to care for the safety and well-being of the public. We esteem the following values as a foundation that will emphasize our character and serve as a guide in the performance of our duties. *INTEGRITY Recognizing that integrity is the foundation of our profession, we endeavor to preserve and protect the public trust placed in us by adhering to the highest standards of honesty, moral and ethical practice. We will be beyond reproach in all that we do. *EXCELLENCE We are committed to, and pride ourselves in, our personal and organizational excellence. We are committed to achieving a level of performance that exceeds all expectations so that we may maintain the community's confidence and satisfaction with our services. *PROFESSIONALISM Professionalism is the primary component that guides us in the performance of our duties and manifests itself in our public service. We will serve as role models for the community by projecting a positive image with a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. *DEDICATION We are committed to providing the highest quality of law enforcement service to the community with the goal of ensuring that the University's educational mission can be successful by preserving peace, preventing and detecting crime, enforcing the law and protecting the rights of all citizens. *ACCOUNTABILITY We are accountable for each other, to the people we serve, and we understand the importance of community values and expectations. We accept responsibility for our actions within the community and strive to achieve a reputation that surpasses the expectations of the community. *PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT We will continually develop our problem solving skills, support innovative initiatives and provide professional training to our officers to ensure that the services delivered to the university community are of superior quality. SERVICES WE PROVIDE FINGERPRINTING The University Police Department offers fingerprinting services to anyone that is interested, seven days a week. There is a charge of $10 per fingerprint card (exact cash only) for non-university related purposes. *Requirements for fingerprinting: Completed fingerprint cards (if provided by requesting agency) Government issued photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport) $10 cash or check for each completed fingerprint card Any special instructions for purpose of fingerprints Signature on each card at time of fingerprinting We ask that you please call the University Police Department 30 minutes prior to verify that there is an Officer available for fingerprinting. For further information, please contact the University Police Department at (773) 442-4100. SAFETY ESCORT SERVICES University Police offers a safety escort service, particularly during hours of darkness for persons walking on campus or adjacent city streets, to Northeastern students, faculty and staff. Call the University Police Department at (773) 442-4100 and provide the following information: Your Full Name Your Current Location Your Destination BABY SAFE HAVEN Each state has a law in place to allow an unharmed infant to be relinquished to the proper authorities, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. The National Safe Haven Alliance works with states to promote these laws and increase public awareness that options exist. Together, the Alliance and states work together to save the lives of innocent infants and to protect the lives of their mothers. http://www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org/states/illinois/ VEHICLE LOCKOUTS As a public service to the University community, University Police will attempt to unlock cars for persons parked in Northeastern parking lots. If you lock your keys in your vehicle, please come into the University Police Department office located on the north side of the Parking Facility and request assistance. *Requirements for vehicle lockout assistance: Driver’s license Vehicle plate number Current Location of vehicle CODE BLUE PHONES The University has emergency direct dial phones located on campus walkways and throughout the parking facility and lots. The phones are readily recognizable by the blue light on top of the column that houses the emergency phone. These phones dial the University Police Department directly by the push of a button.

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WELCOME! The University Police Department employs over 20 sworn police officers and 10 support staff. The police department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Our team members proudly maintain a safe and secure environment with enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism, enabling our students to focus on their educational goals. We have strong partnerships with students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community built on a shared commitment to crime prevention. We encourage you to revisit our pages periodically to obtain the latest information regarding our department and improved service to the university community. This page is monitored daily.

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