Lisle, Illinois ~The Benedictine University Police Department has been awarded “First Place” in the College/Campus Police category of the 2011-2012 Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) Traffic Committee.
The Benedictine Police Department was the only college or university department honored by the organization.
“We were informed that college and university police agencies could participate in this challenge just as municipal police, county sheriff’s and state police agencies do,” said Paul Creekmore, Deputy Chief of Police at Benedictine “We found that this program was of particular importance to the safety of our community as it addressed not only traffic enforcement, but officer education and community education as well.”
The Benedictine Police Department is committed to traffic safety on and around campus, particularly regarding occupant protection, speed and impaired driving enforcement. One of the ways the department achieves its goals in through high visibility. Traffic education, diligent enforcement and use of drone vehicles also aid traffic safety.
Benedictine officers concentrate their enforcement efforts on impaired driving, safety belts, child safety seats, speeding, red light and stop sign violations. In 2011, Benedictine police wrote 169 traffic citations (compared to seven in 2010). Officers also wrote 30 warning citations.
The high visibility and more aggressive enforcement contributed to a decline in the number of automobile accidents in 2011 after a spike in 2010.
“Crashes that have caused injuries have remained almost non-existent,” Creekmore said.
The Benedictine Police Department also believes that traffic enforcement and crime deterrence go hand-in-hand. The University was recently ranked the 34thsafest campus in the country, the fifth-safest campus in Illinois and the safest four-year school in the state by www.Stateuniversity.com.
“We commend Benedictine’s commitment to highway safety in its community,” said Chief Steven R. Casstevens, chief of the Cary Police Department and director of the Challenge Program. “Benedictine’s efforts serve as an example to other agencies as we continue our work to make Illinois’ roads safer places to travel.”
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.