Ill. Dept. of Human Services awards BenU grant to combat underage drinking
January 31, 2011
Lisle, Illinois ~ The Benedictine University Police Department has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the lllinois Department of Human Services to combat underage alcohol use and impaired driving on campus.
The grant will subsidize salaries and equipment such as portable breath test devices (PBTs), which are simple hand-held contraptions that are used to determine if a person has consumed alcohol.
"The grant will allow us to conduct random safety checkpoints on campus, increase monitoring of parties at Founders' Woods apartments and the residence halls on campus, and station plain-clothes and uniformed police in the Coal Ben to make sure that servers are checking IDs," said Benedictine University Police Sgt. Paul Creekmore.
"These efforts would be in addition to regular campus patrols," Creekmore added. "This will allow us to determine if there is a problem on campus and help us to reduce it."
The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grants are awarded through the lllinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention office to those schools that through their grant proposal have suggested the most effective use of the funds to support efforts to curb underage drinking.
Examples of uses for grant funds include training of law enforcement officials, compliance monitoring of off- and on-premise establishments, providing awareness and educational activities, and conducting various drinking enforcement operations such as compliance checks, surveillance and party patrols.
Among the schools that have been awarded grants in the past are Bradley University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Springfield and Western Illinois University.
"This award underscores the long-standing commitment by the University to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty and staff," said Benedictine University Police Chief Michael Salatino.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.