Fall 2017 Safety Message
I want to share a few Department of Safety & Security updates and important reminders as we continue to create a safer environment for our Northwestern community.
The safety and security of our community is our top priority. We will continue to take all necessary measures to protect the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Northwestern Police significantly enhanced security measures in response to the robbery incidents on the Chicago campus by increasing police and security officer staffing in garages and surrounding areas. We are also currently installing additional closed-circuit television cameras to assist with responding to critical situations. Our security partners, including the Evanston and Chicago Police Departments, are working with us on additional resources and strategies to enhance security for both campuses. Please visit our website for more information about our services and safety related programs that offer security tips and strategies to reduce the likelihood of crime. We invite you to reach out to us at 847-467-5376 if you would like to attend or participate in these important programs.
Northwestern Police continue to offer free services to the University community, including safe rides and safety escorts. You can also download the NU Help application and use the Safe Walk feature. Our Transportation & Parking team provides free shuttles between campuses and across the Evanston campus late into the night. If you bike in the community, please review our bike safety resources and information online regarding free helmets and lights provided by University Police.
Building trust with our community
We are committed to building trust with our community by demonstrating professionalism and accountability emphasized daily through training, community engagement activities, and the recruitment of diverse individuals to join the department. Highlights include:
- Northwestern Police shares quarterly data on all field and traffic stops and provides annual safety report information and crime alerts online.
- Our police officers field tested body-worn cameras this summer. We anticipate police officers will be equipped with body-worn cameras by January 2018.
- University Police hosted a bike training event in the summer, and added five police officers to our bike officer program to promote sustainability and officer mobility and approachability.
- Our police department added two Mental Health First Aid instructors, who trained police department personnel in July 2017. Mental Health First Aid training gives our team the tools to help someone who is experiencing a mental health issue.
Remember that safety is a shared responsibility, and you are our key partners in reducing the opportunity for crime to occur by taking a few proactive steps.
- Consider adding the Northwestern Police telephone number 847-491-3456 to your cell phone favorites’ contact list to reach University Police quickly to report suspicious activity.
- Stay alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night, keep electronics stored out of sight, and avoid being distracted by a phone or other device.
- If you become aware of someone displaying concerning behavior, contact the Behavioral Consultation Team, who are trained to evaluate and respond to potential threats.
- Do not leave property unattended and always lock your residence doors and windows.
Being mindful of yourself and those around you can truly make a difference, so thank you in advance for your collaboration in keeping our Northwestern community safe and secure for learning and living. We have asked our police officers to introduce themselves to you as they see you around campus, and we encourage you to get to know them so they may assist you as needed.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gloria Graham, Assistant Vice President and Deputy Chief of Police, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-467-5376 or me at email@example.com or 847-491-4933.
Sincerely,Bruce A. Lewis
Associate Vice President and Chief of Police
Department of Safety & Security