Boris realizes lifelong ambition by becoming police chief at Benedictine
May 12, 2011
Lisle, Illinois - Some boys dream about growing up to become firemen. Others dream about becoming barons of business. Still others imagine themselves as combatants in a video game.
All Ron Boris ever wanted to be was a police chief.
"This is what I wanted to do my whole life," said Boris, who was named the chief of police at Benedictine University at Springfield a little more than 18 months ago. "I would work 168 hours a week if I could."
Boris began his career in University Park, a far south suburb of Chicago formerly known as Park Forest South. He joined the Benedictine University Police Department in Lisle in 2006 before transferring to the Springfield branch campus.
"I believe things happen for a reason," Boris said. "It was difficult to move to a place where you do not know anyone, but the people here have become like family to me. Now I feel very at home."
Thanks to Boris' hard work and guidance, Benedictine's Campus Police Department recently received its ORI number, official recognition of the department by the state of Illinois as a fully-empowered police department. ORI stands for "Originating Identification Number," an alpha-numeric code assigned to an authorized agency that provides access to criminal justice data.
"You only get an ORI number when you have met all the requirements and have all your ducks in a row," Boris said.
Boris has three officers under his command – Officer Ryan Juhl, a full-time officer who is also certified to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillation(AED)and first aid; Office George Judd, a retired Springfield Police Department Commander and Deputy Chief of Operations; and Officer Jennifer Saam, a former Northern Illinois University Police officer who was among those who responded to the mass shooting there on February 14, 2008.
"I am very, very fortunate to have some very good people working with me," Boris said.
If needed, the Springfield Police Department is also never more than a call away, Boris said.
"We have a very good rapport with the Springfield Police," he said "We have developed a close working relationship with all local law enforcement agencies. Things could not be going better."
The Benedictine University at Springfield Police Department provides a number of services, including protection of property, traffic and parking control, vehicle/accident reports, fire-hazard inspections, severe weather warnings, monitoring of fire and security alarms, lock and unlock service, criminal investigations, safety education and awareness programs, and an escort service on campus.
The department recently acquired its own fully-marked and thoroughly-equipped black-and-white squad car, which increases the department's visibility on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood.
"We got it for steal," Boris said, no pun intended.
The Benedictine Police Department under Boris also helped to establish an Emergency Response and Recovery Team (ERRT) on campus to respond to natural and man-made disasters, and plans to install a state-of-the-art camera system campus-wide to monitor and provide a visual record of suspicious activity.
"It has been an amazing year-and-a-half," Boris said. "We have accomplished so much, and we have so much more to do."
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.