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

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.


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 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.