BenU's fourth annual 'National Night Out' brings community, police together

July 17, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ The Benedictine University Police Department invites the public to attend the fourth annual “National Night Out” at the University from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, in the Rice Center parking lot.

This free event, which will include food and beverages, raffles, safety demonstrations, kids’ games, display vehicles and more, was created to help build partnerships between residents and their local area emergency responders.

BenU Police and members of the Village of Lisle Police Department, Lewis University Police Department, North Central College Department of Campus Safety, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District will be present for a night of fun demonstrations on public safety, emergency preparedness and crime prevention awareness.

Other features will include a Touch-a-Truck area with squad cars, fire trucks and other vehicles, face painting, a Radar Fast-Pitch, giveaways and a DUI Goggle Simulation, which simulates intoxication to educate about the dangers of over consumption.

Visitors can browse booths from local businesses such as the Lisle Lions Club, West Suburban Community Pantry, Partners & Paws Veterinary Services, Sanfratello’s Pizzeria and Walgreens.

The community festival will also welcome the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office Organ Donor Program and U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard recruiters.

In 2015, the University’s Police Department was selected as a College/University Award winner for its outstanding participation in the 32nd annual National Night Out by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Benedictine was one of only six colleges and universities recognized by NATW.

For more information, to request a booth or to volunteer for this event, please contact Amanda Warren in the University Police at (630) 829-6665 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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