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June 14, 2017  |  By CHIEF JOHN ESCALANTE

Missing Student Yingying Zhang

Missing U of I Student, Yingying Zhang

On Friday, June 9th University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang was reported missing from the Champaign-Urbana area. The UIPD is working very hard to investigate the circumstances of her disappearance and to locate her as soon as possible.  The UIPD is asking for the public's help with this missing person investigation.  

For further information on this case, including photos of Yingying Zhang and video of the vehicle she was last seen entering, please visit the UIPD website.


Bomb Squad Training

May 27, 2017  |  By CHIEF JOHN ESCALANTE

Bomb Squad Technician displaying specialized equipment

Bomb Squad Technician displaying specialized equipment

On May 24th, members of the Chicago Police Bomb Squad conducted training for the Northeastern Police Department and other Northeastern staff and administrators. This training was designed to better inform staff on how to respond to and investigate bomb threats and suspicious packages.

The training was even more relevant in light of the tragic bombing in Manchester, England two days before, and due to other recent events around the world.  This training further emphasizes the Northeastern commitment to maintaining as safe a community as possible.


Officers on Parade

May 24, 2017  |  By PABLO CASTRO

Officers Czerech and Terry, representing the Department while enjoying the day

Officers Czerech and Terry, representing the Department while enjoying the day

On May 6 2017, Officers Sharon Terry and Sebastian Czerech took part in the annual Polish Constitution Day Parade. Sebastian, who was born in Poland and moved to Chicago in his teens, recounts how uplifting the events of the day were. When the officers arrived at the Fraternal Order of Police Headquarters, they got the chance to meet other officers of shared heritage, officers from Des Plaines, Plano, Justice, Cook and Lake Counties, Illinois State Police, CPD, and even New York. Sebastian particularly enjoyed the interest the young parade goers took in the parked squad cars. He didn’t mind fielding questions from the appreciative public, especially since this was his first assignment as he graduated from the Police Academy just the day before! Currently he is still learning the ropes, while undergoing further department training. We are happy to have him and if you see Sebastian on campus, be sure to say “Hi” or perhaps "Cześć."


First Aid, CPR, and AED Training

May 4, 2017  |  By PABLO CASTRO

Officer Pablo Castro's First Aid and CPR AED card

Officer Pablo Castro's First Aid and CPR AED card

When a medical emergency happens on campus, Northeastern Police typically respond by carefully coordinating the delivery of services provided by ambulances and the Chicago Fire Department to the person in need. We use our knowledge of the campus to get those responders to the medical patient, quickly and efficiently. In 2016, we had 48 medical assists.

When it is determined that an emergency medical intervention cannot be delayed, Northeastern Police may provide their first aid and CPR know-how to add life saving minutes. Those few minutes may make the difference when it comes to reaching the professional treatment crucial for a good recovery.

Every year, with help from Don Mountz of DM Safety Training, we receive an eight hours training course on first aid, CPR, and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Don, a former PEB employee, has been training professionally for 12 years, and has built his knowledge on 30 years of practice. This knowledge is one of many essential tools we, as Police, keep in our tool bag. The training was held in the station's general purpose room and Police officers trained on both adult and child manikins. At the event, all Officers were in attendance, talking about everything from minor insect bites, to arterial bleeding, to full-on cardiac arrest. Chief Escalante attended, commenting that “first aid training is vital for us, because we truly are the first responders on campus and have to be ready for anything.”


Welcome back, Kristan

April 22, 2017  |  By DAANISH WAUDIWALA

Cesar Galindo's Graduation

Officer Delafeld (right) with Officer Collazo, behind the Police table at the PEB's Wellness Fair

We happily welcome back Officer Kristan Delafeld. Kristan has been with the Northeastern Illinois University Police Department since September of 2014. She has just recently returned from a year long military deployment with the Army Reserves, of which she has been a member of since her enlistment in 2013. Officer Delafeld currently holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Springfield. When asked what she loves about being a Police Officer, she says, “being part of a family that always has your back, even if they don't know your name.” 


Northeastern Illinois University named state’s safest campus

April 7, 2017  |  By MIKE HINES, Director of Public Relations

Cesar Galindo's Graduation

Map showing all the colleges recognized by ADT for their safety​

Northeastern Illinois University was named the state’s safest university in a new report by YourLocalSecurity, the security analysis division of ADT Security Services.

Using data and statistics from the FBI and U.S. Department of Education, YourLocalSecurity isolated the safest college campus in each state, based on low crime rates and programs designed to provide on-campus protection.

The “Safest College Campus By State” report reads: “Come to Northeastern for the low cost, Chicago location, and first-class programs. Northeastern Illinois University is the Midwest’s most ethnically diverse university. Its students also graduate with the least amount of debt in the region. Once you arrive, feel safe throughout your degree with N-Safe, NEIU’s rapid emergency notification system, and its thorough safety guides for everyone from cyclists to web users.”

The rankings placed crimes reported by universities into three main categories: violent crime, property crime and violence against women. Each crime was weighted by severity to give a total crime score, which was then divided by the school’s enrollment to produce a per-capita score.

Northeastern’s University Police Department employs more than 20 sworn officers and operates 24 hours a day. It is one of only three college or university police departments to be accredited by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

“Personal safety is a major concern for many prospective students when considering where to attend college,” said Greg Jensen, Safety Director for YourLocalSecurity. “That’s why we wanted to provide the first comprehensive list ranking colleges by state, and not just on a national level.”

Regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest, Northeastern’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure, and endorsement programs.


Meet Cesar

January 28, 2017  |  By DAANISH WAUDIWALA

Cesar Galindo's Graduation

From left to right, Chief Escalante, Officer Galindo, and Lieutenant Kruszynski

The Department wishes to welcome one of its new hires Officer Cesar Galindo. Officer Galindo graduated this January from training in the Metro Program at the Chicago Police Academy. Prior to this, he spent a year as a Correctional Officer. Officer Galindo graduated from Northeastern with a B.A. in Justice Studies. He is hoping that with his combined experience as a Correctional Officer, and now as a Police Officer with the Northeastern Illinois University Police Department, he can reach his ultimate goal of becoming a Chicago Police Officer. When asked “Why Northeastern?” He replied that he believes Northeastern will be a ”great place to start a career,” and happily considers the campus “a second home.”


Become a Storm Spotter!

January 14, 2017  |  By PABLO CASTRO

National Weather Service Meteorologist Matt Friedlein

Real-time reports are critical in issuing warnings and saving lives. That’s an indisputable fact. Storm Spotters provide the real-time, ground-truth of local conditions, such as hail size, wind speed, tornado development, and local damage, to help warn the public. Even as new technology allows the National Weather Service to issue warnings with greater lead time, Storm Spotters will always serve as the critical link between radar indications of severe weather and what’s actually happening on the ground.

Join Meteorologist Matt Friedlein from the National Weather Service, in any one of two free sessions where he will cover the range of topics necessary to become a skilled Storm Spotter.

Date and time:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

  • 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location:

Lech Walesa Hall (3601 W. Bryn Mawr Ave), Room 1001

Parking:

For a $5.00 fee, parking within the University is available on the D Parking Lot (3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave). Payment is possible via the “PassportParking” app, or you can go to m.ppprk.com

Street parking on Bryn Mawr Avenue may also be available.

Please register here


What is Rapid Deployment?

January 5, 2017  |  By CHIEF JOHN ESCALANTE

Training Collage

Mix of classroom and field training

Rapid Deployment Training is designed to give all officers the opportunity to experience and confront potential high risk crisis situations.  The training primarily focuses on active shooter scenarios but encompasses drills on searches and evacuations in high pressure situations.  Rapid Deployment is based on the understanding that on duty Northeastern police along with officers from the 17th District would be the first to respond to a threat on campus. 

The Northeastern police has conducted Rapid Deployment Training in the past with the Chicago Police Department's SWAT Unit.  To close out 2016, Northeastern invited officers from the 17th District to participate in the training.  The joint training conducted by the Northeastern police along with CPD's SWAT and 17th District officers, allowed both agencies to become better familiar with how to respond jointly to rapid deployment scenarios, including active shooter scenarios on campus.  The joint training also allowed the 17th District officers to gain a better understanding of Northeastern police operations and to get better acquainted with the Northeastern campus.

The Northeastern police will continue to maintain open communication with our law enforcement partners and will continue our training to provide the safest possible environment for the Northeastern Community!


Meet Dominick Dworak

December 26, 2016  |  By DAANISH WAUDIWALA

Dominick in his office

Meet Dominick Dworak, he’s the new Telecommunicator for the Northeastern Illinois Police Department. Recently hired this past month, Dominick is no stranger to Northeastern; he graduated Northeastern in 2015 as a Presidential Scholar with a B.A. in Justice Studies. 

Dominick’s reason for pursuing a career in Law Enforcement is he wants to follow his father’s footsteps who was a Chicago Police Officer for 32 years.  He also wants to apply his personal skills and the knowledge he hopes to learn as a Telecommunicator into becoming a successful Police Officer. 

He hopes that by working as a Telecommunicator he will achieve his lifelong goal of becoming a Police Officer.


Car Winterizing Tips

December 20, 2016  |  By PABLO CASTRO

In the next few weeks, the Northeastern Community will be dealing with some pretty severe weather. The Police Department would like to offer some tips that may be useful when traveling in your car.

Keep your gas tank close to full

It’s obvious that you need fuel to get to your destination, but if you find yourselves stuck out in the cold you’ll be thankful you’ll have a full tank to keep your engine running and yourself warm while you wait for help.

Check your battery

A battery that's merely weak during the summer could turn into a dead battery during the winter. Have your mechanic perform a voltage test on your battery.

Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape

Be sure your current wiper blades clean the windshield well, and allow you to see clearly in wet weather. Even when there’s no precipitation, water from melting snow and slush or truck tires is often thrown up onto your windshield. And if you can’t see, you can’t drive well. Consider upgrading to winter wipers.

Pack an emergency Kit

Keeping a safety kit in your car all year is a good idea. Things like road flares, a jack, a lug wrench, and a first aid kit should be at hand no matter what. It's a good idea to update this kit with seasonal items that can keep you warm and prepared for Mother Nature's worst.

Items to include in your winter safety kit include:

  • Flashlight
  • Blanket, leather gloves, and hat
  • Bag of kitty litter or sand (this can help if your tires get stuck in the snow or slush)
  • Ice scraper and brush
  • Small shovel
  • Leak-proof container of coolant
  • Snacks

If you find yourself in the University and in need of a battery jump start or you're just simply locked out of your car, call (773) 442-4100. In the last few days the Department has assisted in seven jump starts and four lockouts. The Police Department has the tools, knowledge, and experience to get you back on the road during this harsh season.


Meet Lieutenant Schulz

December 11, 2016  |  By PABLO CASTRO

Lieutenant Schulz with the stripes he wore for 26 years

Lieutenant Schulz with the stripes he wore for 26 years

On October 15, 2016, Chief John Escalante, after much consideration, announced that the vacancy left by Lieutenant India Moore would be filled by Sergeant John Schulz. With that new position, comes new responsibilities, as well as a new rank. Sergeant Schulz is now Lieutenant Schulz, in charge of Operations in the Department.

Lieutenant Schulz, may be new to the rank, but by all accounts is a seasoned veteran member of law enforcement. He’s been on the job for a total of 36 years.  His first 31 were with the Chicago Police Department (CPD), where Lieutenant Schulz proudly explains that most of those years had been “on the street,” meaning within units that make arrests.

In 1990, after a leave of absence spent in the FBI, Officer Schulz came back to Chicago to accept a promotion to Sergeant. In 2011, he retired from CPD after serving in various units from Gang, to Tact, to a Narcotics Strike Force, “making arrests for every crime imaginable.” If you don’t believe him, ask him to tell you a story.

When asked what was the most surprising part about being the Operations Lieutenant, he said “There are a lot more fires to put out.” He remarked on how many more of his challenges are non-police issues.

During my interview, he gave me a very clear message to pass along to students and parents. He said that he still enjoys being out on the campus, walking and talking to students and with regards to his new responsibilities, he takes them very seriously.


Black Caucus invites Police to Laser Tag

November 22, 2016  |  By PABLO CASTRO

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Event Flier

During the evening of November 17, 2016, some of the Officers from the Department had the pleasure in being treated to a game of Laser Tag hosted by the Northeastern’s Black Caucus. Officer Joseph Eversole, who was featured in a previous story, recalls the sight of the 60 people scrambling around on the gym floor searching for cover and concealment behind the inflatables set up for the event. Officer Eversole liked the event, noting “It was good to participate, to be seen as actual people, not in a uniform.”

The Department would like to extend their gratitude toward Amber Drew, from the Black Caucus, who organized the event and invited us out.


Northeastern Police and Staff participate in National Active Shooter Exercise

November 18, 2016  |  By CHIEF JOHN ESCALANTE

Situation Manual Cover

Situation Manual Cover

NEIUPD participated in a two day seminar and tabletop exercise at the University of Illinois at Chicago on November 16th and 17th.  The 2016 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education was designed to empower colleges and universities to improve preparedness and build resilience for a variety of threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to campus communities. More than 100 colleges and universities from around the country participated in this two day event.
 
Participants from NEIU included police chief John Escalante, Sgt. Fred Brehemer, Dean of Students Matthew Specht, Chief Communications Officer Michael Dizon, and Karl Voight from the Office of the President.  Participants including those from NEIU took part in workshop sessions, a tabletop exercise, and a virtual session.  Each session provided valuable insight into preparedness, response, and recovery best practices for the academic community when faced with campus violence or significant campus emergencies.

Meet the New Hire

November 11, 2016  |  By PABLO CASTRO

Field Training Officer Garcia reviewing Eversole's Report

Officer Eversole (standing) having his report reviewed by Field Training Officer Garcia

For Officer Joseph Eversole, the idea of becoming a Police Officer was galvanized in 2008, when he was studying at Northern Illinois University. It was then, when 15 minutes after he left Cole Hall, gunman Steven Kazmierczak walked in, killing many innocent students. With the knowledge he narrowly missed the unthinkable, he was able to, as he puts it, “flip the switch.” After that, he changed his lifestyle, improving upon his previously suffering grades and health.

Every Officer's training is separated into two, separate, but equally important phases. Officer Eversole has already completed 3 months of training at The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA). This is a type of generalized training, where a recruit candidate will be subjected to an onerous Police curriculum with other candidates from nearby Police Departments. Having succeeded at SLEA, Officer Eversole is currently in his second phase, which consist of shadowing, and later being shadowed by an experienced Field Training Officer (FTO). FTO Tricia Garcia, who is in charge of his Northeastern specific training, remarks at Eversole’s “Integrity,” asserting “If he stays true to that, he will go very far in his career.”

For the next couple months, both Officers will be training around campus, if you see one of them be sure to say “Hi,” and welcome them to our community.


Lifetime Award

October 29, 2016  |  By MIKE HINES, Director of Public Relations

Chief Escalante accepting award from Alumnus Hector Alejandre

Chief Escalante accepting award from Alumnus Hector Alejandre

University Police Chief John Escalante has been presented with the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by Northeastern alumnus and HISLEA President Hector Alejandre on Oct. 21. Escalante spent 30 years with the Chicago Police Department—including four months as interim superintendent—before retiring from CPD and taking his current position at Northeastern in September 2016.


Campus Recreation host the Police for training

November 2, 2016  |  By PABLO CASTRO

Officers pose for post-training photo

A post training photo with the Campus Recreation staff and students

Active shooter training is admittedly an unpleasant topic to cover. So when someone in the University takes the initiative and seeks help from the Police in preparation for this grisly possibility, we have to commend them.

During the afternoon of October 26th, 16 Campus Recreation employees and students, voluntarily gathered in the PE Building with Lt. John Schulz and Chief John Escalante, in the hopes of increasing their knowledge of something that may help them survive an Active Shooter attack. They were instructed in the purpose and practical application behind the “RUN-HIDE-FIGHT” philosophy. The Chief would like to especially thank Stephanie Herrera, Student Affairs Liaison from the Office of Campus Recreation for coordinating the event.

The Police Department would like to announce that on November 8th, at 2 PM, NEIU Police will be conduct the same training in The Nest Student Housing. Anybody in the University who is interested in attending will be welcomed.


The Police Department sends one of their own to learn new skills

October 20, 2016  |  By PABLO CASTRO

Officer Garcia

Officer Garcia between patrols

During the first few months of 2017, Officer Tricia Garcia will have the opportunity to take a Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) course. This is a 40 hour session, that by design, will help her better recognize mental illness while on the job. This week long training, is a large investment for any organization, in return we receive an Officer who will likely succeed on calls where mental illness, has in the past, complicated an effective police response.

Crisis Intervention Training topics include:

  • Symptoms of PTSD and the Police Response
  • Mental illness recognition
  • Substance abuse and dual diagnosis
  • Child and adolescent disorders
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Geriatric issues
  • Autism and persons with disabilities
  • Law enforcement compliant surrender
  • Excited delirium
  • Risk assessment and crisis intervention skills
  • Medical conditions that mimic mental illness

Officer Garcia, when asked on her expectations regarding the training, responded, “This [CIT] will help me tell the difference between people who are mentally ill and people who are simply acting out,” and furthermore, “I hope to be able to better identify mental illness, in order to de-escalate a situation."


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