2010
Technology puts critical information at fingertips of Benedictine police

Technology puts critical information at fingertips of Benedictine police
February 3, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The Benedictine University Police Department has added another tool to its arsenal in an effort to create the safest possible environment for students, faculty and staff. Benedictine police already have access to state, FBI and Homeland Security criminal data files through a laptop computer in their squad car and the campus Emergency Dispatch Center. Now, an officer on foot during routine patrol or responding to a call for service will have those same resources necessary to maintain a safe and secure campus environment at his or her fingtertips. The MiniBULLET software technology from the Illinois Public Safety Agency Network (IPSAN) allows officers to access critical information through their iPhone, cell phone or Blackberry. An officer can now utilize their personal communications device to determine if a suspicious person is wanted on a warrant, if their driver’s license is suspended, if the vehicle they are driving is stolen, if they are a sexual predator or if an order of protection exists against them. The Benedictine University Police Department is the first campus police force in Illinois to have this technology. “This is the same communication resource you would have if you were in your car,” said Benedictine University Police Department Chief Michael Salatino. “Now, an officer can be patrolling on foot, can be answering a call in an apartment or can be providing assistance at a campus event and still have access to that information. “We currently have two in use and are exploring the feasibility of expanding the service,” the chief added. IPSAN is a 501(c)(3) organization created by the Illinois legislature in 2006 to promote intergovernmental cooperation of local public safety agencies, including sheriffs' offices, municipal police departments and firefighting agencies. IPSAN maintains a private communications network, which includes its own hardware infrastructure and software.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.