Spring 2017 Safety Message
Dear Members of the Northwestern Community,
As we head into the spring season, I would like to share a few key updates and reminders that reinforce our ongoing commitment to the safety and security of our University community.
Mutual trust, respect, and community engagement are pillars to an effective safety and security model and guide everything we do. Our officers thoughtfully engage with University community members throughout the academic year in order to foster relationship-building. Examples this year include police officers advising student organizations and supporting students in promoting community diversity. We remain committed to professionalism, accountability, and inclusion.
The police department continues to publish quarterly data and information regarding all traffic and pedestrian stops conducted by our police officers on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, available on the Accountability and Transparency page on our website. We are currently working on a project to equip all of our police officers with body-worn cameras, and anticipate these will be distributed in August 2017.
Safety and security planning
We play an active role in campus events to maintain the safety and security of all participants. Significant work takes place behind the scenes to ensure events such as Commencement and Dillo Day occur in a safe manner and that plans are in place to respond to any unexpected emergencies.
As we progress through the spring and summer quarters, we will phase in bike patrols, increase foot patrols, and employ other strategies to keep us aligned with the needs of our community. Northwestern Police also continue to work collaboratively with our City police departments to provide additional patrols and coverage. Please remember that safety is a shared responsibility, and together, we can help reduce the opportunity for crime to occur by simply taking a few proactive steps. Please consider the following:
- Warmer weather often results in residents leaving doors and windows open and unlocked. Please lock your doors and work with your landlord on opening windows in a safe way.
- Bicycle helmets and lights are free of charge to students, faculty, and staff, through the Northwestern University Police. Register your bike and schedule a time to pick up your free helmet and light.
- Download the NU Help application and use the Safe Walk feature.
- Travel with friends when walking, or use the shuttles and Safe Ride services.
- Don’t leave property unattended, as theft of unattended property is the most frequently reported crime on campuses nationwide.
- Report suspicious situations or behavior immediately to the Northwestern Police. Additionally, you may also contact the Behavioral Consultation Team to file an anonymous report should you notice an individual demonstrating concerning or unusual behavior.
Thank you in advance for your collaboration in keeping our University community safe and secure. We have asked our Police Officers to introduce themselves to you as you encounter them around campus, and encourage you to get to know them so that they can assist you as needed. We also conduct a range of safety related orientation programs and invite you to reach out if you would like to attend or participate in these programs.
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.
Bruce A. Lewis
Associate Vice President and Chief of Police, Department of Safety & Security