Lisle, Illinois ~ The Benedictine University Police Department was selected as a College/University Award winner for its outstanding participation in the 32nd Annual National Night Out last August by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).
"National Night Out," is an annual event which promotes crime prevention awareness, emergency preparedness, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. This year's National Night Out involved 38.3 million people in more than 16,700 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide.
Benedictine was one of only six colleges and universities recognized by NATW.
"Officer Debra Vanderploeg and Communications Supervisor Amanda Warren were the organizers and driving force of this annual event, and their efforts have brought acknowledged attention and credit to Benedictine University and the University Police's efforts to engage our internal and external community," said Benedictine University Police Chief Michael Salatino.
Visitors to the event at Benedictine were able to view police and fire vehicles and other equipment, and interact with members of the Village of Lisle Police Department, Woodridge Police Department, Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, North Central College Campus Safety, College of DuPage Police Department, Illinois Secretary of State Police and The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Police Department.
The event began with a live tribute to fallen police officers and firefighters by the Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department, followed by remarks from Salatino and Lisle Mayor Joe Broda. It also featured a DUI obstacle golf cart course for adults, K-9 narcotics detection demonstration, food and children's games.
Event sponsors included the Lisle Park District; Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce; DuPage Healthcare, Ltd.; The Chicago Red Stars; Benedictine University's Office of Admissions; the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum; Sam's Club; Jewel; and Target.
NATW is the nation's premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation. NATW is a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens.
For a complete list of the winners, go to https://natw.org/award-winners.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 21 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, and the University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area.