National Night Out full of fun, police cars, firetrucks and public safety information

July 16, 2014

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Lisle, Illinois ~ Crime prevention is not solely the responsibility of the police, it requires individual members of a community working hand-in-hand with law enforcement to stand up and advocate on behalf of the safety and rights of all citizens.

To further build on this important partnership, the Benedictine University Police Department is inviting the public to attend “National Night Out” from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5 on the University’s main campus in Lisle.

National Night Out is an event held to promote crime prevention awareness, emergency preparedness, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Since 1984 when the event began, it has involved more than 38 million people in 16,000 communities from all 50 states.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view police and fire vehicles and other equipment on display and interact with members of the Village of Lisle Police Department, Woodridge Police Department, Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, Lewis University Police, Brookfield Zoo Police Department, DuPage County Sheriff, Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police, Illinois Commerce Commission Police and Drug Enforcement Administration.

The event also features a K-9 narcotics detection demonstration, games for children, free raffles, food, giveaways, appearances by the Chicago Red Stars professional women’s soccer team and a live performance in tribute to fallen police officers and firefighters by the Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police Department.

“This is a great chance for anyone to come and learn more about their local emergency service providers and what we do, in an open, fun and friendly setting,” said Michael Salatino, chief of the Benedictine University Police. “This is also a great time for us to address questions and get better acquainted with people who care deeply about the strength and vitality of their community.”

The evening will conclude with a softball game featuring the Lisle and Benedictine University Police versus the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District at 8:00 p.m. at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sport Complex.

The event is sponsored by area businesses, the Lisle Park District, the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Red Stars, Chicago Sky, Costco, Target, Jewel, Moon Jump Inc., AdvoCare, Brookfield Zoo and US 99.5 (WUSN-99.5 FM).

For more information about National Night Out, contact Jordan Billups-Taylor at (630) 829-6662 or

Benedictine emphasizes the importance of living and working in community, and as such, the University aims to train more qualified professionals to maintain the safety and security of their community.

As part of the University’s promise to provide an affordable and attainable college education, Benedictine’s National Moser Center for Adult Learning, located at 1832 Centre Point Circle, Suite 102, in Naperville, is now offering a $15,000 accelerated, 20-month program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. The program is designed for the adult student who either has professional experience working in the field or is seeking to advance their career by becoming a criminal justice professional.

A degree in criminal justice can open the door to a number of careers such as (but not limited to) lawyer, judge, protective services such as police officer, detective, criminal investigator, counselor, corrections officer, protective services, court services, social services and juvenile services. The degree can also enhance marketability for students seeking careers in corporate security and regulatory agencies of various types.

Students can be admitted and enroll year-round, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Learning teams are small with typically 14-22 students per team. Classes may be offered on-site or at one of our National Moser Center for Adult Learning locations.

For more information on the criminal justice program, contact Michelle Shervino at or (630) 829-1360.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine 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 in 2013.

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